Annapolis, 3rd printing, 1985. Xi + 257 pp., photo-ills & maps. D.j., 23 x 16cm. FINE. This book has been hailed as the definitive account of the controversial battle in the Pacific in 1944 ' the Battle of the Philippine Sea ' in which Admiral Spruance kept US forces on the defensive allowing the Japanese to strike the first blow. As a result of this decision the Americans were unable to get close enough to the Japanese fleet to inflict the damage they could have done. An American assessment in which the author gives a blow-by-blow account based on ten years of meticulous research, throwing new light on a sea battle as seen by the sailors and pilots who were there in the firing line. FINE copy.