The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King—The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea
Walter R. Borneman, New York: Little, Brown, 2012. 559 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Bibliog. $29.99.
Reviewed by Alan Rems
Although aimed primarily at a popular audience, The Admirals is worth the attention of more specialized readers as well. The latter may disagree with some of the author’s forthright opinions, but Borneman is a skilled writer who provides good food for thought.
Nearly half the book is devoted to the pre–Pearl Harbor lives of the four admirals in question. Splendid biographies of three of them already exist, but juxtaposing their stories shows in what ways their early lives intersected and diverged. Readers will also learn much about the Navy during that period.