BOOK REVIEW: Nineteen-Gun Salute – Case Studies of Operational, Strategic, and Diplomatic Naval Leadership during the 20th and Early 21st Centuries
Edited by John B. Hattendorf and Bruce A. Elleman. Naval War College Press/Government Printing Office (2010).
Reviewed By Corbin Williamson
Nineteen Gun Salute is a collection of short biographies of American admirals who demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities during their naval service. The admirals were skilled operational and strategic commanders as well as diplomats. The work avoids the most well-known 20th century admirals such as Nimitz, King, and Halsey, though Spruance is included. Each admiral is identified by a single characteristic such as multilateral or honest, which serves to provide a useful collection of desirable traits when take in totality. A short summary of each admiral included follows.
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