The recently retired Admiral, after an unprecedented three terms as the Chief of Naval Operations, has been the subject of much adulation, shared here, and some controversy in recent years. Beginning in the near present, with the 1958 Marine Corps landing in Lebanon, it tells how Burke handled that crisis from Washington as the Navy's top sailor. It then retraces his life, from a boyhood back on a farm in Colorado, through his marriage to ""Bobbie"", and on to his junior officer fledgling years aboard the battleship Arizona. Then the tension increases. Burke became Commodore of a destroyer squadron in the South Pacific which gained fame under his command; he served with Marc Mitschner's carriers and was in the classic Philippine Sen engagements of 1944 which destroyed the Japanese Navy; in the postwar years, he had a direct role as CNO in building a nuclear and missile-bearing modern fleet... An interesting biography weakened by its overly admiring approach to its subject.