I think this book should be required reading in American history classes in secondary school and on the reading lists of undergraduate social studies.
A remarkable, well-researched and well-written account of two contrasting perspectives of the same WWII event. James Campbell's insightful history book reads almost like a novel. It is a straightforward and very readable presentation of the controversial subject of race and war in American history.
Don't judge The Color of War by only its cover; it's a good hint (but only a hint) that the author presents an accurate and creative juxtaposition of the two war experiences. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII, especially in the relatively unheralded battle for Saipan and the even less-known but nation-transforming event that was the "greatest disaster on the homefront during WWII, which occurred at Port Chicago, California on July 17, 1944.
After reading The Color of War I plan to read The Ghost Mountain Boys by the same author.