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"Admirals Under Fire" by Dr. Ed Marolda, a brilliant naval historian, is a highly readable masterpiece of history and biography. As a retired Army soldier who served several tours of duty during the Conflict in Vietnam I have a reasonable understanding of the ground war but this book opened up a definitive perspective on the Navy's important contributions. The dialogue frames the strategic and operational actions taken by the five four-star admirals as they functioned under difficult political circumstances as well as during times of social unrest. The author expertly balances praise and criticism of each senior commander based on their successes and failures. I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in the history of the U.S. conflict in Vietnam; the interface between military leaders and civil authority; Navy and joint operations; as well as anyone interested in how to effectively command or manage a large organization. The lessons learned are universal. Five stars!
This book provides a comprehensive view of the Navy's leadership in the Vietnam War. It represents a lifetime of research and writing on the part of the author. Well-written and nicely balanced in terms of assessment of each admiral's efforts to carry out his orders. A very good read.