Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell ‘Bud’ Zumwalt, Jr.
Larry Berman. New York: Harper, 2012. 526 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $27.99.
Reviewed by Captain Fred W. Kacher, U.S. Navy
Few naval officers of the 20th century inspire stronger reactions—both positive and negative—than Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Jr., the 19th and youngest Chief of Naval Operations of the U.S. Navy. Hand-picked over 33 senior officers to transform the Navy toward the end of the Vietnam era, Zumwalt boldly promised change at the dawn of his tenure. To the delight of his admirers and the consternation of his critics, he delivered.
In this much-needed biography, Larry Berman peels back the layers of the iconic image of the youthful, bushy-browed admiral who, in the author’s words, “brought a navy drifting toward the shoals back into the channel of the twentieth century and prepared it for a new millennium.”