“Elliot Carlson’s Joe Rochefort’s War is one of the most important books on the Pacific War to appear in many years. It is nothing less than a tour de force. Never before has the complicated story of U. S. naval codebreaking in the opening phase of the war been told so fully and so well, and in such a fair and judicious fashion. It is absolutely essential for a fuller understanding of the terrible surprise at Pearl Harbor and the rapid resurgence of the Pacific Fleet that culminated in the decisive victory at Midway."John B. Lundstrom, author of Black Shoe Carrier Admiral: Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal
“This is the perfect match of author and subject. Calling Elliot Carlson’s research ‘thorough’is an understatement. He has delved into an amazing trove of records and recollections. For years, myth and mystery have surrounded the story of Joe Rochefort’s battles against Japanese codes and the cruel bureaucracy of his own Navy. Here, instead, is Rochefort as a real human being, and he turns out to be even more interesting than the myths.”Paul Stillwell, editor of Air Raid: Pearl Harbor!
“Brilliant biography…instantly accessible and a real ‘page turner’.”Naval Books of the Year column in Warship, 2013
“For those who specifically seek another “window” into Pearl Harbor and Midway, for those who are interested in the development of naval intelligence, and for those who are buffs of the Navy’s role in the Pacific Theater through 1942, this is a “must” read and well worth the price. The discussions of bureaucratic Navy politics and the career impact of personal rivalries are also instructive. Adequately supported by photographs, Elliot Carson has provided detailed end notes, a glossary, a bibliography, and index. He deserves recognition for this major contribution to the history of the Pacific War.”The Journal of America’s Military Past, November 2012
“Joe Rochefort’s War is a worthy addition to naval intelligence historical literature and is recommended...for reading by current naval intelligence specialists. The challenges, pitfalls, successes and disappointments experienced by Rochefort and his colleagues in the great maritime battles of the recent past are as relevant today as they ever were.”Headmark, the quarterly journal of the Australian Naval Institute, published out of the Australian Capital Territory