This is one of the most important and certainly one of the liveliest of the official records yet to be released. Morison, author of Admiral of the Ocean Seas knows how to write, and has done not only a superb job of tapping all available sources, including interviews with persons who had been part of the operation, but has managed to make his text live. He has followed with meticulous care, the step by step procedure- planning- and carrying out of the plan (preparation, training, ocean crossing, beach landings, consolidation -- and behind the lines' diplomatic preparation and procedure); he has given a vigorous picture of the largest amphibious operation in history, planned, executed, in face of adverse weather, concentration of submarines, fierce fighting on the part of the French -- and almost insurmountable diplomatic problems with the conflict of opinion regarding Darlan, Giraud, De Gaulle, and so on. The truth behind the headlines- and grand reading. Don't minimize its interest.