This history of the second world war in the Pacific delivers on a keen promise. In Eagle Against the Sun, Spector sets out to include the all-important economic background to action and conflict. Spector doesn’t hide his disdain for MacArthur, nor his respect and admiration for the Japanese: he makes it clear, there is more to war than fighting for territory. From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and beyond, his writing is detailed without being hard work and – importantly – he tries to show each engagement affected a subsequent action or caused a reaction that led to other specific outcomes. Battles described in isolation are rarely understood, and Spector fills in the blanks on the Pacific with aplomb.