Books: Old Crustacean

FLEET ADMIRAL KING (674 pp.)—Ernesf J. King and Walter M. Whitehill—Norton ($6.75).

As the dust was settling over the ruin at Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt decided that the U.S. Fleet needed a new commander. He chose a man who was tall, straight as the spruce spar of an old ship-of-the-line, and as hard as the chrome-steel armor around his own battleships. His name was Ernest Joseph King. Nobody has ever offered a better explanation for his selection than King himself gave when he arrived in Washington to take over: "When they get into trouble,...

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