Found it very informative, description of actions eye opening, changed my attitude against American planning. None of the major powers were ready to compete with such a ferocious enemy. In fact their planning was far superior. Thankfully not every Japanese commander was willing to die for the empire. Book was exceptionally researched.
Extremely well written and infills with much detail around the pure histories e.g. Morison. What it really does is bring out just how tough it was to be a sailor in battle, and how much damage is done by shellfire etc. Generally speaking you were not much better protected on a warship than you were during the Nelsonic era. It shows just how raw the US navy was at this stage of the war from command to swabbie. It is a great pity that it does not cover the other battles in and around the Solomons such as Kolombangara and Empress Augusta Bay. These are not covered in the next volume either, nor is Tarawa. (The Fleet at Full Tide)
I read a lot of military history. Often, you can tell it is written by someone who can criticise without knowing what the pressure of warfare is like. Not this book. Detailed, well researched and easy to read. It states facts and draws conclusions without the usual "he should have done...." nonsense you often get. Excellent.