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The art of leadership – the USN and World War II

The art of leadership – the USN and World War II

Admiral Nimitz coverBrayton Harris, Admiral Nimitz, The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theatre.
Palgrave MacMillan, New York, 2011, pp. 230, price not stated.

Walter Borneman, The Admirals: The Five-Star Admirals who won the war at sea.
Little Brown and Company, 2012, price not stated.

Reviewed by Mike Fogarty

THE UNITED States Navy promoted four of its admirals to five-star rank during WWII and after. Effectively, they were all styled and titled in the rank of Fleet Admiral. This was a subtle tilt at the Royal Navy, some of whose own top-ranking (and equivalent) naval officers were appointed as Admiral of the Fleet.

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Fine research in enjoyable page-turner

Fine research in enjoyable page-turner

book 2013-12-06 first victoryFIRST VICTORY 1914
HMAS Sydney’s Hunt for German Raider Emden
MIKE CARLTON
William Heinemann: Australia 2013
http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/mike-carlton/first-victory-

Reviewer: Desmond Woods

THIS timely book is about much more than just the search for Emden, though her legendary cruise and the Battle of the Cocos Islands are very well covered from both the German and the Australian viewpoint.  But the book is also about the urgent transition that had to be made from peace to war in the last half of 1914, for Australia, the RAN and the RN. It also explains the fate of the ships and men of the German East Asia Squadron which was rightly perceived in 1913 as being a real threat to Australia’s maritime trade and potentially her cities.

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