This is an account of a battleship -- which must be ""nameless"" in it first two actions off Guadalcanal. It is uneven in interest, slow in starting, overplayed. The first engagement against 84 Jap planes, while protecting an aircraft carrier off Guadalcanal, is rather disappointing -- and not completely justifying the author's claims for it. But the second half of the book redeems the first in which the big ships engaged the Japs at close range and thwarted their last big attempt to reinforce Guadalcanal, and Shalett makes a moving and dramatic story of it. Not outstanding -- as these biographies of ships in action go -- but the first (as far as we know) concerning a battleship.