Every Navy man worth his salt will want to own this book. Here with a running commentary to tie it all together is as full a story of the United States Navy in World War II as any reader can ever expect to find. The editor is a navy veteran with service in both the Atlantic and Pacific behind him. The authors are Navy officers and men, from top admirals to seamen first class, and virtually all the top war writers and correspondents. The book moves from Pearl Harbor to the Malay Barrier; the War in the Atlantic; Doolittle's Raid to the Battle of Midway; Guadalcanal and the Southwest Drive; the Mediterranean and France and victory in Europe; the Aleutians to the Marianas; and inexorably to Leyte Gulf, Okinawa and the Japanese surrender. General MacArthur describes his evacuation from ""The Rock,"" Winston S. Churchill discusses the Murmansk Run; Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison writes of the naval battle at Casablanca; Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz writes of mounting the invasion on Guadalcanal. The reader learns how it was in the Slot, off the Normandy beaches, in a P.O.W. camp, on all kinds of ships, under all kinds of conditions. Names among the top brass include Fleet Admirals Halsey and King; among the top authors, Hanson W. Baldwin, Hemingway, Hersey, Ernie Pyle and Quentin Reynolds, Cornelius Ryan and John Toland.