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Fully covers Nimitz's naval career in addition to delving into his rural childhood and roles as husband and father.
Hardcover, 520 pages
Published January 27th 1977 by US Naval Institute Press (first published August 1976)
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John Frazier
Having recently read a biography of Chester Nimitz's World War II Army counterpoint Dwight Eisenhower, I came into this expecting considerably more than what was delivered, and in this case I can't fault the subject.

"Nimitz" is what happens when a figure of great historical significance entrusts his story to a handpicked historian and instructor from the Naval Academy in Annapolis: a biography that reads like a textbook with about as much sizzle and controversy.

To this baby-boomer, Nimitz is one...more
James Clark
Wow! An exhaustive read on the greatest Admiral the US Navy has ever had. E. B. Potter has outdone an exceptional job in this 1976 edition on Chester Nimitz. It is thoroughly written, details the intimate inner-personality and leadership style of a truly great military leader of World War II. I got to know Admiral Nimitz so well because of this book, I felt I had made a personal friend. I truly admire Nimitz's particular brand and style of leadership qualities, his deep sense of moral and ethica...more
Steven Peterson
Potter's biography of Chester Nimitz, CinCPac, is a good war biography. It can usefully be read in conjunction with Potter's volume on William Halsey, "Bull Halsey," and Thomas Buell's biography of the less flamboyant Raymond Spruance, "The Quiet Warrior."

The book is functionally--but surely not elegantly--written. It traces the life of Chester Nimitz from his childhood to Annapolis to his rise in the ranks of the Navy to World War II and beyond. Much detail is provided, including information o...more
Tom Allen loaned us this book. An interesting read about the man and his life. (Completely different from "Visions from a Foxhole") He was a good officer and commander and had a lot to do with the outcome of WWII. Not a detailed narrative of all the battles but more of what was happening from his place on Pearl Harbor and Guam as a commander who was not on site. He was a very respected man throughout his life.
Excellent biography. First, it wasn't done in chronological order which helped make it a much more interesting read. Second, it focused on the big battles of the Pacific but from the standpoint of what Nimitz knew and why he made the decisions he did. So it wasn't a repeat of battle descriptions but provided insight from a different perspective.
Fantastic book on one of the perennial figures on the U.S. Navy. Goes into significant detail on leadership decisions during the Pacific War, and provides an excellent overview of the pre-war, war, and post-war periods and Admiral Nimitz's contributions.
Jack Nye
My favorite biography of one of our greatest leaders. I really enjoined how it bounced back and forth between his early days and his time as a wartime commander
Andrew Levy
A good view of a military genius written by a historian. No, that part is not a compliment. However, he is a good historian.
This book gave a very informative account of one of our country's great commanders during World War II.
Well done biography on Nimitz, fascinating life and great leader who led us to victory in the Pacific.
A super book on the military life of Admiral Nimitz.
Mark R. McCallum
Excellent examination of one of our heroes.
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My hardback is 616 pages, book club edition.
More required reading for Pacific theatre fans.
P McCree Thornton
Outstanding. Well written
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