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The Rickover Effect

How One Man Made A Difference

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More than anyone else, Admiral H. G. Rickover made nuclear power a reality. He created the nuclear Navy almost overnight, he also built the world's first commercial atomic power station and laid the groundwork for the world-wide nuclear power industry. Yet it took Congress to force the Navy to reverse his forced retirement.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 28, 1992 – Rockwell, Rickover's former technical director, has written a notable, anecdote-rich biography of the controversial ``father of the nuclear navy.'' In 1951 Hyman G. Rickover (1900-1986), then an obscure captain in the navy's Bureau of Ships, set himself the task of creating an atomic submarine. Four-and-a-half years later, USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear sub, joined the fleet. In lay language, Rockwell explains how he accomplished this amazing feat. For one thing, Rickover gave new meaning to the concept of industrial quality control. Rockwell also makes clear why his former boss was widely hated and feared, and provides examples of his unique ability to infuriate as well as inspire. Most prominently, Rockwell demonstrates Rickover's genius for getting things done. Finally, he relates the strange story of Rickover's enforced retirement in 1982 at the instigation of Navy Secretary John Lehman, who accused him of accepting favors from contractors. If this fine biography has a flaw, it is the author's failure to explain adequately why Lehman was so implacably hostile to the man who immeasurably strengthened the United States Navy. Illustrations.

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A must read

An interesting take on the man who changed not only the Navy, but industry as well

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The Rickover Effect
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Engineering
  • Published: Sep 26, 2002
  • Publisher: IUniverse, Inc.
  • Seller: Theodore Rockwell
  • Print Length: 425 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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