The publisher performs a valuable service by ensuring that Marder’s books continue to be available as printed paper. Marder wrote a series of incite-full books on the Royal Navy at War. As an American, he took an external perspective and this may have helped to produce histories that cut directly to the heart of the matters. In this book, he dissects a tragi-comedy of a campaign where all that could go wrong did. As a campaign it may have been an unnecessary and unmitigated disaster, but the Royal Navy personnel performed with their customary courage and determination. A valuable and compelling history from an accomplished historian.