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Posted February 2, 2012
i will preface this by stating I hold a BA in U.S. History and I am not a history "buff" but a real historian. I did not enjoy this book at all. The author writes with a good academic style but with little apparent academic knowledge of the actual events in detail. Ford points out that japanese fighters were hard to deal with because of their maneuverability but never espouses on his point. He points out how fighters engines would stall or how they would slow down to make tight turns in combat, anyone with any sort of aviation knowledge knows that these statements are falsehoods. Airplanes are not cars Mr. Ford.
Ford repeats several statements throughout the work about how the Japanese were good at night fighting or how the American navy failed to develope countermeasures to enemy moves. Yet Ford never tells us why. Ford also makes the mistake of assuming the enemy operates in the same manner as the U.S.
There is little in this book about American cise breaking efforts or the direct results from them. A perfect example of this would have been the AAF ambush of Yamamoto in 1943 or the effect of intelligence on the outcome of the Battle of Midway.
In short, the first chapter is ok but the rest is rubbish. Go read something by Bob Leckie, Eric Bergerund, or Samuel Elliot Morrison.