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Rickover : the struggle for excellence
Duncan, Francis, 1922-
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Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [2001]

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xviii, 364 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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V63.R63 D86 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A comprehensive study of one of the pivotal figures in 20th-century America. This is the first biography to have access to the Admiral's private papers, family, and close friends.

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Hyman Rickover (1900-86) was an admiral who was very influential in the nuclear program of the US Navy. He was born to Jewish parents in an area north of Warsaw in a region that then was part of Russia. Due to strong antisemitism, his family left Russian Poland for the US in 1906. Later in life, he learned that most of the people in his native village perished in concentration camps. This well-written biography traces Rickover's amazing 63-year career in the Navy. He was a self-made man who epitomized someone who took advantage of opportunities available to hardworking immigrants in the US. A major accomplishment in his career was the development and planning of the world's first atomic powered submarine, the Nautilus, launched in 1954. Rickover's naval career was marked by controversy because of his strong opinions and his direct criticism of military contractors. Nevertheless, he obtained special permission to stay well beyond the normal retirement age because of his value to national defense programs. Author Duncan, a historian for the Atomic Energy Commission and then the Department of Energy, also describes Rickover's egalitarian relationship with his wife Ruth and provides a chronological table of his life. General readers. J. Z. Kiss Miami University