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Chester Nimitz was an admiral's Admiral, considered by many to be the greatest naval leader of the last century. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Nimitz assembled the forces, selected the leaders, and - as commander of all U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces in the Pacific Ocean - led the charge one island at a time, one battle at a time, toward victory. A brilliant strategist, he astounded contemporaries by achieving military victories against fantastic odds, outpacing more flamboyant luminaries like General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Bull Halsey. And he was there to accept, on behalf of the United States, the surrender of the Japanese aboard the battleship USS Missouri in August 1945. In this first biography in over three decades, Brayton Harris uses long-overlooked files and recently declassified documents to bring to life one of America's greatest wartime heroes.
Brayton Harris is a retired navy captain, and the author of numerous books, including Blue & Gray in Black & White: Newspapers in the Civil War and The Navy Times Book of Submarines: A Political, Social, and Military History. He has been a guest on the Today show. His articles have appeared in the Saturday Review, Civil War, and Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute, among others. He lives in Mission Hills, Kansas.