There has always been an amount of dispute as to the real place in aviation history for the famous Zero. The author has provided a flowing narrative, examining the strengths and weaknesses of the Mitsubishi Zero. He has considered its early career when the legend was built, and followed it through the end where the dropping of two nuclear bombs removed the need for the Allies to invade the Japanese home islands, where the Zero had been carefully husbanded to be available for mass suicide attacks on invasion forces. The text is supported by a well-selected photo plate section. This is a good review of a famous warplane and will appeal to any reader who has any interest in the Pacific battles and the use of the Zero to achieve the amazing early Japanese advances, followed by the slow death of their ambitions, as the tide of war turned and flowed relentlessly against Japan.