Great Warrior Leaders/Thinkers

Chester W. Nimitz


Senior American admiral of the Pacific theatre during World War II. Greatest operational achievement was the Battle of Midway, which signaled the end of Japan's chance to control the Pacific.

February 2001

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Air University Library
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

Chester W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral.
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Nimitz representing the United States at the signing of the Japanese surrender.

Chester W. Nimitz, Famous Texan.
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Details military career including court-martial.

Naval Historical Center Frequently Asked Questions about Chester W. Nimitz.
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Includes promotions, decorations and awards.


Please note: A call number beginning with "R" denotes a reference book.

Addington, Larry H.  Patterns of War since the Eighteenth Century. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1984. 319 p.
Consult index for references to Admiral Nimitz.
Book call no.: 355.00903 A224p

Breuer, William B. Retaking the Philippines. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1986. 284 p. 
Consult index for references to Admiral Nimitz.
Book call no.: 940.5426 B846r

Current Biography 1942.  New York, H. W. Wilson, 1942. 940 p.
Nimitz, Chester W., pp 633-635.
Book call no.: R 920.02 C976 1942

Dictionary of American Military Biography. Volume 2, edited by Roger J. Spiller and others. Westport, Ct, Greenwood Press, 1984. 421-894 p.
Nimitz, Chester W., pp 797-800.
Book call no.: R 923.573 D554 v.2

Downs, Robert B. More Memorable Americans, 1750-1950. Littleton, CO, Libraries Unlimited, 1985. 383 p.
Chester Nimitz, pp 268-270.
Book call no.: R 920.073 D75lma

Driskill, Frank A. Chester W. Nimitz: Admiral of the Hills. Austin, TX, Eakin Press, 1983. 298 p. 
Book call no.: 92 N713d

Generals of the Army and the Air Force and Admirals of the Navy. Washington, Dunleavy, 1955. 1 vol.
Nimitz, Chester W., Feb 1955, pp 33-35.
Book call no.: R 923.5 G326 v.3 Feb 1955-Jan 1956

Great Lives from History: American Series, edited by Frank N. Magill. Pasadena, CA, Salem Press, 1987. 5 vols.
Nimitz, pp 1655-1659.
Book call no.: R 920.073 G786 v.4

Hewlett, Richard G. and Ducan, Francis. Nuclear Navy 1946-1962. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1974. 477 p.
Chester W. Nimitz, vol 4, pp 12-14+.
Book call no.: 359.3 H612m

James, D. Clayton.  A Time for Giants: Politics of the American High Command in World War II. New York, Franklin Watts, 1987. 317 p.
A Calm, Confident Leader Comes to Pearl Harbor: Nimitz, pp 68-76.
See index for other references to Nimitz.
Book call no.: 940.540973 J27t

Joan of Arc. My Name is Nimitz. San Antonio, TX, Standard Print, 1948. 115 p.
Book call no.: 929.2 J62m

Larrabee, Eric.  Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants and Their War.  New York, Harper, 1987. 723 p.
Admiral Nimitz, pp 354-411.
Book call no.: 973.9170924 L333c

Lundstrom, John B. The First Team:  Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway.  Annapolis, MD, Naval Institute Press, 1984. 547 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 L962f

Mason, David.  Who's Who in World War II. Boston, Little, Brown, 1978. 363 p.
Nimitz, Chester William, p 223.
Book call no.: R 923.5 M398w

Men of War: Great Naval Leaders of World War II, edited by Stephen Howarth. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1993. 602 p.
Nimitz, pp 129-157.
Book call no.: 923.5 M534

Morison, Samuel Eliot.  History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Boston, Little, Brown, 1947-1962. 15 vols.
See index in volume 15 for appropriate page references.
Book call no.: 940.545973 M86h

Navy Times. Great American Naval Heroes.  New York, Dodd, Mead, 1965. 144 p.
Chester, W. Nimitz, pp 103-112.
Book call no.: 923.573 N327g

Pfannes, Charles E. and Salamone, Victor A.  The Great Admirals of World War II - Volume 1: The Americans.  New York, Zebra Books/Kensington, 1983. 416 p.
Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, pp 89-169.
Book call no.: 923.5 P523g v.1

Potter, Elmer B. Nimitz. Annapolis, MD, Naval Institute Press, 1976. 507 p.
Book call no.: 92 N713p

Quarterdeck and Bridge: Two Centuries of American Naval Leaders, edited by James C. Bradford. Annapolis, MD, Naval Institute Press, 1997. 455 p.
Book call no.: 359.331 Q1

The Reports of the General of the Army George C. Marshall,  General of the Army  H. H. Arnold and Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1947. 801 p.
Book call no.: 940.5373 W25

Schuon, Karl. U.S. Navy Biographical Dictionary. New York, Franklin Watts, 1964. 277 p.
Chester W. Nimitz, pp 183-185.
Book call no.: R 923.573 5393ua

Second World War: Asia and the Pacific, edited by Thomas E. Griess. Wayne NJ, Avery Pub. Group,  1984. 328 p. (West Point military history series)
Book call no.: 940.541 S445 v.2

The War Lords: Military Commanders of the Twentieth Century, edited by Field Marshall Sir Michael Carver. Boston, Little, Brown, 1976. 624 p.
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, by Henry H. Adams, pp 404-418.
Book call no.: 923.573 W253

Webster's American Military Biographies. Springfield, MA, Merriam, 1978. 548 p.
Nimitz, Chester William, pp 298-299.
Book call no.: R 923.5 W385


Barnes, Gary I. Great Warriors of World War II: Admiral Ernest J. King and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, 1984. 32 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43122 B2612g

Dillard, Nancy R. Operational Leadership: A Case Study of Two Extremes During Operation Watchtower. Newport, RI, Naval War College, 1997. 24 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 41662 D578o

Green, John R.  Leadership in War and Peace:  A Historical Assessment for Today. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, May 1989. 118 p.
Nimitz, pp 72-97.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43117 G7961L

Jaeger, Paul J. Operational Intelligence at the Battle of Midway. Newport, RI, Naval War College. 1998. 19 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 41662 J22o

Jerabek, David J. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz's Strategic Leadership During World War II. Carlisle Barracks, PA, Army War College, 1999. 40 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 39080-537 J55a

Moule, Valerie Ann. A Comparison of Operational Leadership in the Battle of Midway. Newport, RI, Naval War College, 1995. 18 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 41662 M926c

Shultz, Linda K. A Comparative Analysis of the Operational Leadership of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz at the Battle of Midway. Newport, RI, Naval War College, 1997. 21 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 41662 S562c

Van Wye, Marcia. Leadership Makes a Difference: Nimitz and the Battle of Midway. Newport, RI, Naval War College, 1996. 16 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 41662 V285L


Armstrong, Peter F. C. Midway Plus Fifty. Sea Power 35:34-38 June 2, 1992.

Erbsen, Claude E. Portrait of a Fleet Admiral. Navy 8:32-35 February 1965.

Karig, Walter. He Must Balance 'Security' and 'Freedom. New York Times Magazine, p14+, February 4, 1951.

Nimitz, Chester W. Career by Chance. Navy 10:42-43 February 1967.

Nimitz, Chester W. Naval Tactics. Naval War College Review 35:9-13 November-December 1982.
Condensation of Admiral Nimitz's thesis while a student at the Naval War College 1922-1923.

Potter, E. B. Admiral Nimitz and the Battle of Midway. U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 102:60-68 July 1976.

Potter, E. B. Admiral Nimitz and the Battle of Midway. Chester 'William Nimitz, 1885-1966. U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 92:30-55 July 1966.

Weddle, Robert S. Texas to Tokyo Bay. American History Illustrated 10:5-9+ August 1975.

Wildenberg, Thomas. Chester Nimitz and the Development of Fueling at Sea. Naval War College Review 46:52-62 Autumn 1993.


Admiral Chester Nimitz: Thunder of the Pacific. New York, A&E Home Video, 1996. 1 videocassette, 45 min.
Video call no.: 92 N713

Chester Nimitz. Palm Springs, CA, Big Picture, Historical Film and Video, 1993. 1 videocassette, 20 min.
Video call no.: 92 N713c

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