That is a fantastic read. I read it three times. He also wrote a trilogy on the Pacific war starting with "Pacific Crucible", "The Conquering Tide" and "Twilight of the Gods". Another fabulous book by the late James Hornfischer is "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors".Happy 246th US Navy! And thanks to all who have served in that service over the 246 years. For those interested the book Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll is a good history of the early Navy.