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Battleships: United States Battleships, 1935-1992 Hardcover – April 1, 1995


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  • Series: Battleships (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; Revised & enlarged edition (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557501742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557501745
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1997
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Bill Garzke and Bob Dulin have outdone themselves again. When I was the structural project leader to direct the hull and armor redesigns for the reactivation of the Battleship NEW JERSEY at Long Beach Naval Shipyard (the planning yard for the Battleships), we used their earlier edition of this book as our general guide. Two members of my design team brought in their personal copies and kept them handy so I could include excerpts from them for official Navy memos and instructions. The Naval archives were sorely lacking detailed chemical and heat treating records of the Class A and Class B armor of the Battleships. A quick phone call to Bill Garzke gave me an armor expert on the west coast that had all the data our designers and welding engineers needed. Thanks, Bill. I owe you one.

The only thing I have found missing from this edition is the fantastic Gibbs & Cox scheme D Battleship that was half Battleship and half Aircraft Carrier and was actually bought by the Soviet Union in WW II, but never built. In this edition, perhaps the most important section is the one devoted to the disasterous incident of turret II on the IOWA where 47 men were killed. The authors go into meticulous detail as to actual facts and almost every conceivable theory as to what caused the deflageration (not an explosion). However, they are properly cautious as not to force their personal opinions on the reader. Yet they give enough detail, including histories of past turret incidents on other Battleships, so the reader can draw his own conclusions. There are a few typos and descrepancies between the text and the illustrations. For example, the text correctly identifies the powder in the propellent bags as D846 where the illustrations identify it as B846.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Every major class of battleship is described in meticulous detail. From design to outcome this book has it all.
Be warned, this book also contains extensive technical information, so if you are interested in narrative storytelling look elsewhere. This book is for the true devotee of battleships.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alister on April 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book is excellent and I echo other reviewers' sentiments on that score. I bought this to 'upgrade' on the original, so I think it may be of interest to prospective buyers to know that this isn't simply the 1976 edition on better paper and with extra chapters. Owners of the 1976 printing may wish to hang on to that as well as buying this 1995 edition.

Some half-dozen photos, maybe slightly more, have been substituted for this 1995 edition and, whilst the new pics ARE generally better, it is a change to an old friend. I was certainly disappointed to find the superb graphic profiles of 1976 reduced from a double-page, fold-out spread to a single page: the reprinted line-drawings are, naturally, half the size & it is more difficult to discern details. For this I deduct a half-star.

A minor niggle overall, I accept, and the extra text with accompanying photos has certainly made the purchase worthwhile at this price (especially re the turret deflagration). Alas, I shall not now be selling on my original, as I had planned. My poor bookshelf...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heather L. Parisi on August 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
FIRST THOUGHTS: IF THIS GETS 5 STARS GIVE THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES 7 STARS

Excellent volume in an excellent series. Nevertheless I found this volume to be somewhat lacking in detail of both text and drawings compared to the other two volumes in this series. The excellent, large-scale, fold-out drawings which were in the other books of this series have been replaced by small xeroxed insets with much less detail. Having said this, this book was still excellent and does compare well against Norman Freidman's definitive work on the subject [U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History].

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IN A NUTSHELL: CASE STUDIES OF 8 DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT CLASSES OF DREADNOUGHTS FROM 4 COUNTRIES

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER TWO: THE NORTH CAROLINA CLASS

CHAPTER THREE: THE SOUTH DAKOTA CLASS

CHAPTER FOUR: THE IOWA CLASS

CHAPTER FIVE: THE MONTANA CLASS

CHAPTER SIX: THE ALASKA CLASS

CHAPTER SEVEN: THE RETURN OF THE DREADNOUGHT

CHAPTER EIGHT: CONCLUSION

APPENDIXES

A. PRESIDENT rOOSEVELT AND HIS NAVY

B. REPRESENTATIVE BATTLESHIP ARRANGEMENT

C. BATTLESHIP AND BATTLECRUISER GUNS

D. PRELIMINARY DESIGNS OF NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTH DAKATO

WHAT IT IS: THE ABSOLUTE ZENITH OF A NATION'S JINGOISTIC TECHNOLOGY & POWER

In essence, the Dreadnought represents everything a powerful or wanna-be powerful nation can impart into a ship to project power on the behalf of that nation. I just made that up, but it is so obviously true. When one goes through these volumes, one can see a combination of the national pride, desperation and deviousness that lay behind the erection of fleets of these incredible vessels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walter P. Sinnott III on December 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This publication deals with the final series of American battleship classes: N. Carolina, S. Dakota, Iowa, still born Montana plus the Alaska heavy cruiser. I found the book useful because it featured hull frame lines, other references do not deliver this data. Additionally it features deck by deck layouts, that's just plain interesting stuff. Pictures were informative. The chapter about gun turret accidents was neat, horrible end for those crewmembers but very insightful. My only beef was that the S. Dakota class drawings only dealt with S. Dakota, which had a different configuration from her three sisters. The S. Dakota's exhibited the greatest variety in weapons outfitting, it would have been nice to have plans depicting all four. That being said I still believe this book makes a valuable addition to any battleships fan's library. If you own Friedman's ""US Battleships" & Breyer's "Battleships & Battle Cruisers 1905-1970" the data in this book helps to sort out some of the more obscure points.
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