Too funny, I'm reading this now and am in the middle of the Battle for Cape Esperance and was thinking maybe there is a game I can "what if" this with? Hornfischer is a great writer and does a great job of delivering history, telling the story and providing a good study or the politics, personalities and technologies that effect the outcome. Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is another great book of his.
The project is on hold again for the same reason - lack of art support. I've talked to a number of people who volunteered help, but it never seems to work out. I can't offer any compensation, so I really can't complain.