These handsome paperback editions of Samuel Eliot Morison’s multivolume The History of United States Naval Operations in World War II are being published by the Naval Institute Press with new introductions by noted military historians. The series, hailed for its accuracy, narrative pace, and detail, presents a complete naval record of the war. An eminent Harvard professor, Morison gained a commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served in all theaters of the war. Volume 8 covers five of the most eventful months of the Pacific war. From the end of the Marshall Islands campaign to the recovery of Guam, Morison author details the actions of the entire Pacific Fleet. Particular emphasis is given to the greatest carrier action of all time, the battle of the Philippine Sea, a naval action equal to Midway in tactical interest which was decisive in the outcome of the war. He also covers the bitterly contested Marianas Operation, giving credit to the flexibility and fortitude of U.S. forces.