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Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell "Bud" Zumwalt, Jr.

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“Painstakingly researched and crafted, Larry Berman’s Zumwalt is a compelling and rich portrait of one of the nation’s great patriots.”
—Walter Anderson, former editor and CEO of Parade

Zumwalt is a compelling portrait of the controversial military man who is widely regarded as the founder of the modern U.S. Navy, Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt. Chief of Naval Operations
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Hardcover, 528 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Harper
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Urey Patrick
Zumwalt was interesting, admirable and his time as CNO was necessary for the Navy to successfully evolve into a modern all-volunteer force. Yet the book reads more like a eulogy than a biography... the author refers to Zumwalt throughout by his nickname "Bud", a degree of warm familiarity that I find somewhat off-putting for a biography. Apparently, in the author's view Zumwalt was a paragon of military, personal and social virtues far ahead of his time -- and those who opposed him or disagreed ...more
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Aug 05, 2013 Yokosuka14 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This was a deeply disappointing book. I read it because I have a deep respect for many of the fundamentally necessary changes made by Zumwalt while he led the Navy. Unfortunately, after finishing the book, my opinion of Zumwalt actually decreased.
A large part of my opinion is due to the author's style. Mr. Berman obviously idolizes Zumwalt and I don't believe that there was a single criticism of Zumwalt in the entire book. Compounding this, everyone who ever disagreed with Zumwalt is depicted
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