AUTHORPolmar, Norman / Allen, Thomas B.
TITLERickover: Controversy and Genius
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1982
ISBN0-671-24615-1


This book is a biography of Hyman Rickover, who is credited with creating the United States’ Nuclear Navy and establishing its flawless reactor-accident record. The main thrust of the book is to illustrate how Rickover's revolutionary work fundamentally altered the nature of the U.S Navy in the realms of propulsion, quality control, and selection and instruction of personnel. The book chronicles Rickover’s controversial life from his childhood and time at the Naval Academy, his active naval service in the 1920s and 1930s, his tenure at the Bureau of Ships in Washington D.C. during World War II, his role in the creation of the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine (the U.S.S. Nautilus), and through his years of military service. The book highlights Rickover’s brilliance and determination, but also his infamously difficult personality. A list of naval and nuclear acronyms is provided along with an extensive appendix section. The text contains numerous photographs as well as schematic designs for the U.S.S. Nautilus and various other images.


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