This is a thorough, meticulous review of the events that led to the War in the Pacific. It can be criticized for utilizing primarily older sources
and for a lack of graceful style. Perhaps then it would merit a "5-star." However, there was a wealth of information in earlier government publications and in the records, not just testimonies, provided in the numerous 1940s investigations of the road to Pearl Harbor and responsibilities
for what could be called the great tactical (not strategic) success of the December 7th attack. These investigations included several by the
armed forces and, ultimately, the congressional inquest of 1945-1946. The plain-spoken and repetitious approach taken by Greaves (and
maintained by his widow) is just what is needed to keep the issues very clear and to see the plain evasions in other studies. Greaves was a keen student of the investigative and official transcripts, and obtained crucial interviews with Laurance Safford, the Navy cryptologist, who stuck by his recollections of the receipt of the "East Wind Rain Message." Recommended for patient readers of all ages who want to get an invaluable reference work integrating the diplomatic and crypto-analytic developments on the road to Pearl Harbor.