The Admirals

  • by Walter Borneman
  • Narrated by Brian Troxell
  • 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Admirals tells the story of how history's only five-star admirals triumphed in World War II and made the United States the world's dominant sea power.
Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet.
In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time. Drawing upon journals, ship logs, and other primary sources, he brings an incredible historical moment to life, showing us how the four admirals revolutionized naval warfare forever with submarines and aircraft carriers, and how these men - who were both friends and rivals - worked together to ensure that the Axis fleets lay destroyed on the ocean floor at the end of World War II.

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Fantastic Insight In To Another Side Of the War

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was interesting, had a great pace, and I always felt like I was connecting with and learning about the people involved.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, they're all pretty amazing people, but this book helped me gain a greater appreciation for Nimitz as a person and for his role.


What does Brian Troxell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His narration was never distracting, and always engaging. His voice and tone were perfect for the narrative.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well, there were a lot of moving moments, but the part about them dealing with their own family losses in the war was very sad.


Any additional comments?

I didn't listen to a spot of music the whole time I was reading this book, and normally I switch off between an audiobook and music for my commutes. I didn't want to listen to anything else the whole time. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in history and these great men's place in it.

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- K. Winters

war wasn't simpler 75 years ago

Heavily detailed recap of the path to history of four extraordinary individuals. On the journey, I learned a lot about how battles are planned, fought, won and lost. Moreover, with hindsight, a clearer understanding of what it takes to win a war the old way.
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- Andy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio