Just finished listening to this book and really enjoyed it. Although I’ve recently read at least four or five books on virtually the same topic, there was almost no overlap in anecdotes. The only caveat is that this book is the worst offender at overuse of metaphors and simile. It starts with the attack on Pearl Harbor and was so melodramatic I started wondering if I could make it through the whole thing. About the only metaphor it didn’t include was the standard comparison of the capsized battleship Oklahoma to a beached whale. But it did seem to get better (or I just used to it) and it was worth it for the many. many new insights and observations about the various actors.
Interestingly, Jordan does not tell anything like the same “near mutiny” story about Stimson and Marshall that Hamilton has in Mantle of Command, nor does the book provide Hamilton’s insight into MacArthur during the 1942 Philippines campaign. I don’t count that a negative – it just means Jordan told different stories.