Capt. Russell Sydnor Crenshaw Jr., USN (Ret.), is the author of Naval Shiphandling and lives in Drayden, MD.
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For more than five decades, writers have tended to dismiss the Battle of Tassafaronga as an embarrassing hiccup with few implications for the progress of the Pacific war. Here, in contrast, Capt. Russell S. Crenshaw, Jr., reveals it to have been one of the World War II's most interesting naval engagements, filled with both tactical and technical nuances with far-reaching implications. Faced with a complex subject, the author achieves clarity by presenting the American and Japanese perspectives separately and then reconciling them. The result is eminently readable both as a well-crafted whodunit and a cautionary tale, one that should appeal to a wide range of readers from amateur historians to naval professionals. This is a valuable book.