one thing i don't like about this book is that, presenting the battle, it makes it sound like everything was doomed for the japanese from the beginning.
i know, and agree, that the plan was complex, force was too spread instead of concentrated, and that fatal mistakes were made.
but .. both nimitz and yamamoto gambled. nimitz won, but gambled nonetheless. had yamamoto won (let's say american carriers were found before their airplanes found the japs, or were spotted by the sub cordon) would it seem so obvious?