This was a fantastic book outlining the last years of the war against Japan at the close of World War II. Hastings is an outstanding military historian and I learned a great deal from this book. His writing style is unique in that it tells the story of the war by including literally hundreds of primary source documents from the guys on the ground and the political and military leaders from both sides. I enjoy the understanding I develop of what the fighting was really like, but will admit that at times it is difficult to remain focused when the dozens and dozens of characters names come and go. However, that is more my issue than the author's, and I could not recommend this book enough to people who want to learn about this particular part of history.