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on December 26, 2002
This book is a well written biography that also presents many lessons of leadership. Starting with how Nimitz "conceived the image of an ideal officer and consciously molded himself to conform to that image;" to his introduction of the circular formation to the fleet; to the way he ran planning sessions for World War II Pacific Theater operations. Nimitz was a master storyteller who used stories to convey knowledge and share humor. His political acumen in handling disputes between the Army and the Marine Corps on Saipan and, later, as Chief of Naval Operations testifying before congressional committees over unification of the services provide case studies in executive leadership. Although Nimitz's service in World War II is widely known, I was surprised to learn of his efforts in the late 1940's to mediate the dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir---an area that remains a hot spot today!
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on October 27, 2000
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, a down to earth kind of guy. The kind of man who gave credit where credit was due. Unlike General Douglas MacAurther, he did not insist on "hogging" all the glory. He wasn't seen as much as a "hero" in the public's eye, like General MacAurther was, because of it. Unlike MacAurther, he did not complain about having to share part of the Pacific Theater. He made sure that the NAVY got the credit it deserved. That the NAVY and the NAVY's Marine Corps fought most of the war in the pacific. I think if you are interested in WWII, Pacific Theater, that this is a book you should read. I think it is worthy of an AUDIO book edition.
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on October 27, 2000
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, a down to earth kind of guy. The kind of man who gave credit where credit was due. Unlike General Douglas MacAurther, he did not insist on "hogging" all the glory. He wasn't seen as much as a "hero" in the public's eye, like General MacAurther was, because of it. Unlike MacAurther, he did not complain about having to share part of the Pacific Theater. He made sure that the NAVY got the credit it deserved. That the NAVY and the NAVY's Marine Corps fought most of the war in the pacific. I think if you are interested in WWII, Pacific Theater, that this is a book you should read.
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on August 4, 2000
I read this book this past year and enjoyed learning about Admiral Nimitz. By all accounts, he was a real leader of men-self-effacing, competent, inituitive, confident, and by example. Unlike General MacArthur, Admiral Nimitz was not flamboyant or showy. He was a matter-of-fact officer who truly cared for his men. He had the knack for picking the right man for the right job every time. He knew when to employ a aggressive commander like Bull Halsey and when to use a cautious commander like Admiral Raymond Spruance. He was a sailor's Admiral and an Admiral's Admiral. He was Chester Nimitz.
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on June 25, 1998
As student of WWII Pacific Theater, found this to be the best of available, factual reviews of same and the man - The Admiral - who so often put his country before his personal life and was able to make a major difference in a world at war. A true gentelman, this leader set standards for all who would follow, both in his professional and private lives.
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on December 10, 1998
This is an excellent book to use in contrasting the biographies of Halsey, Nimitz, Spruance, and other Admirals of WWII. The Battle of Leyte Gulf is a primary example of a topic to contrast between Nimitz and Halsey. Potter writes wonderful biographies.
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