• Nimitz at War

  • Command Leadership from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay
  • By: Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From America's preeminent naval historian, the first full-length portrait in over fifty years of the man who won the war in the Pacific in World War Two.

Only days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt tapped Chester W. Nimitz to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. Nimitz transformed the devastated and dispirited Pacific fleet into the most powerful and commanding naval force in history.

Facing demands from Washington to mount an early offensive, he had first to revive the depressed morale of the thousands of sailors, soldiers, and Marines who served under him. And of course, he also confronted a formidable and implacable enemy in the Imperial Japanese Navy, which, until the Battle of Midway, had the run of the Pacific.

Craig Symonds's Nimitz at War captures Nimitz's composure, discipline, homespun wisdom, and most of all his uncanny sense of when to assert authority and when to pull back. As Symonds's absorbing, dynamic, and authoritative portrait reveals, it required qualities of leadership exhibited by few other commanders in history, qualities that are enduringly and even poignantly relevant to our own moment.

©2022 Craig L. Symonds (P)2022 Tantor
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  • Categories: History

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Excellent Story Solid Narration

There is very little here about Nimitz prior to the war. Nimitz is a bit elusive here. This is a chronology of the American naval perspective of the war through the lens of what Nimitz was doing at the time.

The one thing I would have liked more of is leadership analysis. There is a bit but it’s not very deep.

But overall this is a solid listening experience for anyone with an interest in h the Pacific War. I loved it.

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Another Excellent Book from Craig Symonds

Craig Symonds is the best history writer I have read, no exceptions.

General Hagee CEO of the Nimitz Foundation, which manages the National Museum of the Pacific War, once told me that Craig will write and rewrite a sentence or paragraph several times until he feels it is acceptable. This obvious in his writing.

This book rivals my other favorite of his works, “Midway.”

I will recommend any of his books to anyone interested in WWII, the cival war, or naval history.