Rarely does a book appear on the history of warfare that manages to keep both the micro and the macro in view. Lundstrom gives us just that. The fierce fighting at Guadalcanal has been written about by everyone and his brother, but now Lundstrom gives us the details down to the "who flew Joe Foss's wing on that day?" level. If you are into aerial combat simply for the thrill, you're better off reading Eric Hammel, but if you really want to know the whys and whens, this is your Bible. It is mine for sure.