I found Sandlin's voice and style to be much different than any other author we read so far. His prose was so much more meandering and thoughtful than other authors. He took his time making his points. Often I found myself wondering what the hell he was getting at; where the hell it was going.
In that same vein, I thought that he waited to reveal his most powerful stuff (the stuff about the Okinawa combat zone) until page 345-347, nearly 30 pages into the piece. Either he made a mistake (which is what I think) or he had supreme confidence in his ability to hold his reader's attention, which didn't show with his meandering prose. What is it worth to withhold your best stuff for 30 pages?