With the insight that goes with the use of available records from both sides, the author spreads out the details of the taking of Guadalcanal in WWII. Liberal quotations from the battle plans and orders of the Japanese and U.S. forces, interviews with American veterans and excerpts from the letters and diaries of Japanese soldiers are combined in a well organized account of the six months of pitched battle that it took to gain a strategically and emotionally important piece of substandard island real estate. Without undue emphasis, the author communicates the importance of ilitary and civilian morale that was involved in wresting the island from Japan; Japan had never lost to us before this point and we had done little but lose to them. In taking Guadalcanal from enemy hands, the myth of Japanese invincibility was torn and the miasma of defeat for the U.S. began to lift. From the initial planning stages to General patch's telegram "" 'Tokyo Express' no longer has a erminus at Guadalcanal"", the author recreates a tough battle with a taut book.