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The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Walter Borneman

Narrated By: Brian Troxell

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: May 2012

Duration: 17 hours 12 minutes


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.


  • jason s

    Thoroughly enjoyed this article book. Much respect to the fighting men and women. Good narration as well. Jumped around a lot but other then that a wonderful look at the naval history of WWII and more. There's always been something about McArthur I didn't like and now I know why.

  • Jesse Alvarado

    Wonderful book!

  • Larry Nelson

    I enjoyed this book very much; it's well read (the narrator does a good job). However, the book is not organized by chapters. It's simply one long audio string without any chapter markers at all. I found this to be a disadvantage. This is a long book and chapter markers would have helped.

  • Trey Majors

    Fantastic! A well written and well read history of several of this countries greatest leaders.

  • Abel Martinez

    Loved it, very interesting! I listened to it twice!