• Admiral Hyman Rickover

  • Engineer of Power (The Jewish Lives Series)
  • By: Marc Wortman
  • Narrated by: Paul Bellantoni
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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A riveting exploration of the brilliant, combative, and controversial “Father of the Nuclear Navy”

Admiral Hyman George Rickover (1899-1986) remains an almost mythical figure in the United States Navy. A brilliant engineer with a ferocious will and combative personality, he oversaw the invention of the world’s first practical nuclear power reactor. As important as the transition from sail to steam, his development of nuclear-propelled submarines and ships transformed naval power and Cold War strategy. They still influence world affairs today.

His disdain for naval regulations, indifference to the chain of command, and harsh, insulting language earned him enemies in the navy, but his achievements won him powerful friends in Congress and the White House. A Jew born in a Polish shtetl, Rickover ultimately became the longest-serving US military officer in history.

In this exciting biography, historian Marc Wortman explores the constant conflict Rickover faced and provoked, tracing how he revolutionized the navy and Cold War strategy.

©2022 Marc Wortman (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Rickover - No Compromises

Father of the Nuclear Navy? Knew that. SOB? Knew that, too. But the author tells an evenhanded good, bad, and ugly story how the dedicated/obsessed/workoholic, Rickover survives and prevails as the ultimate outsider in the Navy to kick it, grudging and protesting, into the nuclear age.

Committed, confident, and uncompromising, Rickover survives to reform the Navy ... and to become the unlikely longest serving Naval officer in history, notwithstanding his penchant for making enemies. He broke a lot of eggs to make that omelette and not everyone joins in his praise (especially in the Navy), but his contribution to America's defense is undeniable.

The narrator does a good job of keeping you company, but Audible really should pre-screen its narrators' pronunciation. After listening to this book, someone, somewhere is going to ask "what did you do in "Ta-raw'-wa, daddy?"

Interesting, but perhaps appropriate, I don't remember a single word of Yiddish in an entire book about the Polish shtetl-born Rickover.

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