The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 88, July 1984 - April, 1985

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

project. Seip thus knocks another prop out from under the rickety
structure of C. Vann Woodward's account of the Compromise of 1 877.
All of the efforts of the southern Republicans to stimulate the re-
building and diversification of the South's economy were simply ig-
nored by the region's almost monolithically Democratic press, just as
they were dismissed by most northern Republicans and overlooked
by subsequent generations of historians. Thanks to Terry Seip, that
is no longer possible.
California State University, Long Beach KEITH IAN POLAKOFF
Chester W. Nimitz: Admiral of the Hills. By Frank A. Driskill and
Dede W. Casad. (Austin: Eakin Press, 1983. Pp. xi+298. Fore-
word, introduction, photographs, epilogue, acknowledgments,
index. $12.95.)
In this brief, popular account of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz's life,
the authors cover familiar ground with a liberal sprinkling of anec-
dotes and reminiscences. Designed more for the young reader than for
the scholar, it is free of academic trappings except for a brief bibliog-
raphy. Using Elmer B. Potter's Nimitz as their model, Frank A. Dris-
kill and Dede W. Casad have produced a biography for young read-
ers by describing the qualities contributing to Nimitz's greatness.
Nimitz's German-European heritage and childhood in the Texas Hill
Country receive the most credit, especially his mother and beloved
paternal grandfather, "Opa," who instilled in young Chester pa-
tience, discretion, humility, and a sense of humor.
The lessons learned and the friendships formed at the Naval Acad-
emy, 1901-1905, allowed Midshipman Nimitz to develop those quali-
ties that served him so well in later years. Included among Nimitz's
Academy classmates were William F. Halsey, Jr., Harold R. Stark,
Husband E. Kimmel, John H. Towers, and Raymond A. Spruance.
From graduation in 1905 through the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor, Nimitz's naval career blossomed as his superiors recognized
his abilities. Sandwiching personal life into his rise through the ranks,
Nimitz married Catherine Freeman in 1911 and began a family. In
1939 he became chief of the Bureau of Navigation, and so impressed
President Franklin D. Roosevelt with his ability that he was appointed
commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet after the Pearl Harbor
disaster.
World War II and the postwar years tested Nimitz as a leader of
men. He successfully marshaled allied naval forces through the Japa-

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