In the Highest Degree Tragic: The Sacrifice of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet in the East Indies During World War II
Reviewed by James R. Holmes
The U.S. Navy long has constituted the gold standard for sea power. Its history commands intrinsic interest. Foes study it in hopes of figuring out how to defeat it. Would-be imitators study it in hopes of replicating its success. They pattern their nautical exploits on the U.S. model, just as navalists such as Alfred Thayer Mahan looked to the Royal Navy in the Age of Sail for insight into the United States’ high-seas destiny. That being the case, you would think every widget, feat of arms, and personality had been scrutinized in minute detail and recorded in the pages of history books.
You would be wrong.