"Monumental. . . . The culmination of 35 years of research. . . . The finest English-language study written by a single author on modern Asian military history. Indeed, it is arguably a military history classic of any age and any language."
Mark R. Peattie
,The American Historical Review
"A masterpiece of narrative, documentation, and analysis."
Alan K. Lathrop
"This splendid book gives not only the history of the conflict but sets it against the background of Japanese, Soviet, and world politics, while providing fascinating information on the internal workings of the Japanese army prior to the Pacific War."
,Journal of Asian History