From: Eastern US
In accordance with the long-established rule of speakers, that, "everything that needs be to said has been said, but not by everybody who needs to say it," I'll agree with the emerging consensus that Costello gets a lot of the (especially military) details wrong; regiments are divisions, ships mis-named, etc.
But he also does a bang-up job in a one-volume treatment of the geo-political issues. He is the first writer I've come across who speculates that the reason the allies were expecting an attack in late November/ early December, but were surprised that Pearl Harbor was the target, was because the British had cracked a particular Japanese naval operational code. Messages sent in the code warned fleet units to prepare for hostile action, but only mentioned the DEI, Malaysia, etc. as targets.
He was also the first writer I found who suggested that the US government knew and approved of Quezon's gold payment to MacArthur and members of his staff.
All in all the book was a good read, with some interesting and original insights, but not a trustworthy military analysis.
WitP-AE -- US LCU & AI Stuff
Oddball: Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?