The Admirals

The Admirals is a non-fiction book about Admiral Nimitz, Admiral Halsey, Admiral Leahy, and Admiral King.  Borneman looks to their families, childhood, and time at the US Naval Academy in an attempt to understand what made these men so remarkable.  He then explores their career paths, culminating in their roles in ending World War II.

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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake tells the story of the Lusitania, a civilian luxury liner that a German U-boat sank in 1915.  The story follows not just the ship and select passengers, but also the story of the German U-boat and its crew.  Larson also adds a global perspective to the incident with his reading of its impact on President Wilson and the eventual entry of the United States into World War I.

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice

Devotion is the kind of book that makes you rethink your impression of nonfiction.  Makos crafts his incredible story in a way that builds tension and suspension. I found myself inspired and humbled throughout every single page.  The story of Tom Hudner and Jesse Brown is incredible in itself, but Makos is as good as Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit, Unbroken) at writing something that seems resonant, unbelievable, and inspiring all at the same time.