Guadalcanal and the Solomons represent in the Pacific war, six major naval engagements in four months, some fifty ship to ship and air-sea fights, numerous pitched battles, and a slugging hodgepodge of horror and discomfort. In part it was a demonstration of the relatively new science of amphibious warfare. It left a record of defeat-and of comeback. The story is told- as in previous volumes of this extraordinary close-up official naval history- through individual records, official papers (American and Japanese), interview, etc. The five Savo Island battles are now given their official titles,- Savo Island, Eastern Solomons, Cape Esperance, Santa Cruz Island, Tassafaronga; this is their story. In addition there's the story of the weeks on Guadalcanal, the battle for Henderson Field, the building and holding of Munda- and the finale, in secret Japanese evacuation.