Furnishes a blow-by-blow account, based on new research, of the greatest naval battle in the history of warfare, a 1944 battle that almost became a disaster for the U.S. Navy, and a sign of impending doom for the Japanese Navy.
Everything in war is very simple, but the simplest thing is difficult. The difficulties accumulate and end by producing a kind of friction that is inconceivable unless one has experienced war. Carl von Clausewitz, On War
[Clausewitz] introduces the element that others have called "the fog of war," the perennial inadequacies and inaccuracies of intelligence. Bernard Brodie, "A Guide to the Reading of On War"
To Ann and Hans Schuler Two of the most generous people I have ever known and loved, without whom many lives would be different--especially mine
To Chris and Gary Whose love, achievements, and friendship have brought me more happiness than any father could hope for