Book Review: The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance by Thomas B. Buell

The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance by Thomas B. Buell is a very informative biography of one of the US Navy’s top World War II Admirals. Spruance was a private, seemingly introverted person, but this book does a great job of revealing his personality and leadership style, revealing the reasoning behind the decisions he made at key points in the war. It does so objectively; Buell points out where he thinks Spruance went wrong as well as where he believes Spruance made the right decisions. He also addresses the controversies surrounding Spruance’s decisions and planning around several Pacific campaigns and his tenure as Ambassador the Philippines. It reveals Spruance to be a very complex man and even after reading The Quiet Warrior, I still find Spruance somewhat of an enigma (although I don’t find that a fault of the author, but a product of that personality itself). I finished this book in short order and came away with a better understanding of Spruance, his thought processes, and his actions. I also came away with some lessons in leadership. I would highly recommend The Quiet Warrior to anyone interested in naval warfare and/or the Pacific Theater of World War II.

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