Bull Halsey Applauded by the public and revered by the men who served under him Adm William F Halsey was one of the leading American personalities of World War II His reputation as a no holds barred fighter and

  • Title: Bull Halsey
  • Author: E.B. Potter
  • ISBN: 9781591146919
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • Applauded by the public and revered by the men who served under him, Adm William F Halsey was one of the leading American personalities of World War II His reputation as a no holds barred fighter and his tough guy expression earned him the nickname Bull, yet he was also known for showing genuine compassion toward his men and inspiring them to great feats in the PacifApplauded by the public and revered by the men who served under him, Adm William F Halsey was one of the leading American personalities of World War II His reputation as a no holds barred fighter and his tough guy expression earned him the nickname Bull, yet he was also known for showing genuine compassion toward his men and inspiring them to great feats in the Pacific Originally disclaiming the praise heaped on him, Halsey eventually came to believe in the swashbuckling legend that surrounded him, and his conduct became increasingly controversial.Naval historian E B Potter, who established his reputation with an award winning biography of Chester W Nimitz, gets behind the stereotype of this national hero and describes Halsey at his best and worst, including his controversial actions at Leyte Gulf To write this book Potter had full access to Halsey s family and to the admiral s private papers and provides detail of Halsey s youth and career before the war First published in 1985, it remains the definitive study.

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    1. This work, overall, is a good biography of Admiral William "Bull" Halsey. He is most renowned for his work in the Pacific Theater during World War II, with distinguished service from Gaudalcanal to Okinawa. This volume does a sound job in laying out his career in the Pacific. A couple cavils: (1) The jumping back and forth between his early life and World War II makes for a sometimes jarring narrative; (2) Some of the more controversial aspects of his leadership in World War II, such as his deci [...]

    2. E.B. Potter once again did an excellent job on his biography of William Halsey. Halsey was responsible for the onsite turn around of the Pacific war. He took over during Guadalcanal and got the Allies going in the war against Japan. Until that point, the effort was bogged down and moral was low. Halsey then began to utilize his navy commands and make progress toward Japan. There was however several controversies. Not once but twice, during his command of the 3rd fleet did he fail to avoid typhoo [...]

    3. Admiral Halsey is still something of a contentious figure, even after all these years. A true fighting admiral and a greatly respected public hero, he was also responsible for the escape of the major portion of the Japanese fleet at Leyte and twice sailed his fleet into storms, causing much loss of lives. Potter is kind to his subject - probably justifiably - and gives Halsey a fair hearing. A good solid biography. Recommended.

    4. This was a pretty good book that was also historically accurate and full of great information about the war in the Pacific from Admiral Halsey's perspective. It was honest in both his strengths and his weaknesses as a leader and explains a lot about what he contributed to U.S. victory in the Pacific.

    5. One of my objectives is to read a book about every US 5 star. This was not a plodding book like McArthur or a dry book like Leahy, but a very readable biography with insight into Halsey. The author did well and revealed parts of Halsey that I was not familiar. Well done.

    6. E.B. Potter does it again with another great biography! Just as he does in his other book Nimitz, Potter makes the reader feel like they were Halsey's shadow throughout his naval career! A must read

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