This book is not what I would call a bit of light reading. This is a serious historical odyssey. I am highly fascinated by World War II, so I thought I was well prepared for this book. I was not prepared. This book is an intensive study in serious mid-century naval history. The book was really fascinating, but more than once I found myself in over my head. And I was never so happy to be in over my head. The amount of research that went into this book was truly mind blowing.
While the book will obviously appeal to serious scholars of naval history or of World War II in general, it still was a great read for even a casual history fan like myself. Because it pushed me. It forced me to think of things I never would have considered (tactically), and taught be about an entirely new aspect of World War II. The book is so well written, it captures you from the very beginning.