Several years ago, at a used book sale, I chanced upon this book, which proved to be a priceless gem. There are very few books that present the Pacific War from the perspective of the Japanese.
The author served as a commander in the Imperial Navy on active service for most of the war. His accounts of action against the U.S. Navy during some of the epic battles off Guadalcanal (in addition to his earlier experiences in the Battles of Java Sea and Midway) make for very compelling reading. This is the book for anyone who has an interest in the Pacific War.