usually with any book concerning military history there are usually two things you want to find. a balance between first hand accounts and actual data. the other is well thought out opinions with evidence written in a concise fashion. robert lyman for me does this in spades. I have read so many books that seem to want to explain everything and everyone when they dont need to, or are flush with opinions that are ill conceived and not backed up with any reasoning. My knowledge of the campaign in this theatre was sketchy at best always ending reading books about bits and pieces, mainly on Singapore, or POWS. this book put me on a path of understanding the ins and outs of the campaign, the relationships between generals of both sides, their strengths and weaknesses all with the correct amount of padding of what the situation was at the time of their decisions.
in short this book IS BRILLIANT!!!!! after reading this I am trying to buy everything he has ever written as mr lyman is that good. also should he ever read this, I hope he decides to write even more ( especially about generals )as in an over subscribed market he has much to be proud of in just writing style alone.
just in case your wondering no I have never met the man and was not paid to leave this review, I actually enjoyed this book that much!!!