Chatham Publishing, Rochester, 1st ed., 2001. Xxi + 364 pp., photo-ills., + ills., + diagrams. D.j., 26 x 18cm. Boards a little wavy o/w V.G.+. Complete in itself, this acclaimed sequel to the prize-winning study “Kaigun”, illuminates the rise of Japanese naval aviation from its genesis in 1909 to its thunderbolt capability on the eve of the Pacific War. In the process of explaining the essential strengths and weaknesses of Japanese naval air power in the years before and during the Pacific War, it provides the most detailed account available in English of Japan’s naval air campaign over China from 1937 to 1941. A final chapter analyzes the utter destruction of Japanese naval air power by 1944. The author traces the development of the Imperial Navy’s land-based air power as well as the evolution of its carrier forces. He also treats the salient aspects of Japan’s naval air service : training, personnel, tactics, doctrine, technology, and industrial base. In doing so he combines data found in handbooks with important new information derived from Japanese sources. Appendices provide biographical summaries of important personnel, detailed drawings & data on Japanese carriers and naval aircraft, and information on Japanese naval air bases & land-based air groups as of 7 December 1941.