Too often the Pacific war credit is merely divided up between the Marines with their many admirers (and very efficient PR machine) on one hand and McArthur personally on the other. Leyte, in many ways the pivotal battle that finally and irrevocably broke the remaining Japanese strength, was almost completely an Army operation, yet while McArthur as always tried to take for himself sole credit, here he was upstaged by the incredible last stand of destroyers and jeep escort carriers in turning back the considerable remaining Japanese naval strength. The net result was that generals like Krueger got their customary pittance of a much smaller pool of media attention. This book goes a long way toward righting that wrong. Even more, while generously lauding General Krueger's leadership, it also shines the spotlight on deserving soldiers all the way down to buck privates. Often in war, accomplishing a task is largely due to one soldier, who may not be in even a junior NCO leadership position before rising to the occasion and taking a position, spearheading an advance, or saving his fellows. Bravo for that.
Beyond the facts, even though I love reading about the bravery of the tin can sailors, I have always wanted an in-depth account of the land battle. This book serves that purpose perfectly. I learned a great deal, having never read much about the Japanese movements or strategy or tactics, or anything like the detail of American operations given here. I highly recommend it to anyone who like me is fascinated by America's most just war or simply military operations in general.