Morning Star,
Midnight Sun

The Early Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign of World War II

Jeffrey R. Cox · 9781472826381 · Hardback · £25 · 22 February 2018

The dramatic story of the daring first Allied offensive in the Pacific War

Since the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Allies had been on the defensive, overrun in country after country. In August 1942, they struck back at Guadalcanal.

The struggle by land, sea and air for this island was the most decisive campaign in the Pacific War, and one in which the sides were as evenly matched as day and night. When the sun rose and morning came, the American Stars and Stripes would rule; but at night, the Rising Sun of the Japanese ruled the midnight air. With the breaking of dawn, control would switch again.

Following on from the acclaimed Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey R. Cox tells the gripping story of the first Allied offensive of the Pacific War, as they sought to prevent Japan from cutting off Australia and regain dominance in the Pacific.

  • This battle was the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. Before, the Allies were always on the retreat. After, they were always on the offensive.

  • The author tells the story approachably, combining expert analysis with humour and a fast-paced style.

  • The book covers the British involvement in the campaign, most notably Admiral Victor Crutchley who led a task force at the battle of Savo Island.

About the Author

Jeffrey R. Cox is a litigation attorney and an independent military historian specializing in World War II, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. His first interest was in the Pacific War, which he has studied for more than 30 years. A student of history, international affairs, and defence policy for most of his life, Cox holds a degree in National Security Policy Studies from The Ohio State University and a doctorate of jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law. He is a contributor to Military History Online ( and resides in Indianapolis.

For UK publicity enquiries, please contact James Boulton

Tel: 01865 811302, Email: