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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781591140689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591140689
  • ASIN: 1591140684
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following his magnificent book 'British Cruisers - Two World Wars and after' (and his two books on British destroyers from the earliest days to after the Second World War) this latest publication covers an era which is often forgotten. As usual, the book has many magnificent photographs and drawings (by A D Baker III) and is written in a manner that's makes the passage of the complicated technical changes simple to follow - It is very interesting and entertaining read which should not be missed. Norman Friendman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Norman Friedman is a prominent naval analyst and the author of more than thirty books covering a range of naval subjects, from warship histories to contemporary defense issues. His previous book on the subject was British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By shipster on November 26, 2012
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Another superb book by Norman Friedman. It has eight chapters plus a lengthy introduction and an appendix covering Vicker's cruisers. The chapters are: 1.Steam Sail and Wood, 2. Iron Hulls, 3. The First Armoured Cruisers, 4. Fast Steel Cruisers, 5. Torpedo Cruisers, 6. Big Cruisers, 7. Fast Wing of the Fleet, and 8. Fisher's Revolution. The book defines cruisers as those ships designed to protect trade and drive the trade of enemy nations from the seas. Mr. Friedman starts with the early steam and sail powered ships of the 1830's and continues through to the big armoured cruisers of pre-war design that so often met with disaster when pitted against those ships designed after the Dreadnought revolution. He explains the Admiralty criteria that drove how and why the ships were designed and all the trade-offs needed to get a practicable design. As an engineer I understand all the trade-offs that are necessary to design any thing as complex as a ship and I find that Friedman explains those trade offs well. The book has over 350 pages including an index, and data pages listing the dimensions etc of the various classes and then data pages listing the fates of the individual ships. It is loaded with many pictures plus plans and profiles of selected ships. Some of the pictures are a little muddy but I hope that is due to the quality of the originals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Moretti on March 10, 2013
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Required reading for anyone interested in the evolution of British warships from the mid 1800s to the end of the 19th century. This sits well alongside David K Brown's excellent "Warrior to Dreadnought" and offers a more in-depth look at the cruisers of the period, and fleshes out the bare bones that Brown had to cover in a work of limited length covering multiple categories of ship. If you have a copy of "The Metal FIghting Ship in the Royal Navy" by E.H.H. Archibald, that's a great volume for at-a-glance sketch views of the individual cruiser classes, as there are so many it can be difficult to keep track of them all. You'll want to photocopy the cruiser pages in Archibald's book just so you can annotate them without marking the original. An outstanding work, but then Friedman is a top-class author in the field. Unputdownable, at least until fatigue claimed me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By phil6079 on June 24, 2013
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Generally this is up to the standard we have come to expect from Friedman,but WHY WHY WHY did the publisher bury so many excellent photos in the spine of the book? This really spoils what would have been a first class volume.Will they never learn?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davis on February 10, 2013
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When this book was first announced I figured the title was probably not to be taken literally. What would be covered, no doubt, were the British cruising vessels after the introduction of iron and steel hulls from about 1860 onwards. This was the approach taken by Parkes with his "British Battleships" and by Conway Maritime with "Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905" so surely Friedman would follow suit. No, not at all! Friedman's coverage goes back even before the Victorian Era proper and includes virtually all steam driven cruising ships since the introduction of steam propulsion.

Friedman starts with a long Introduction which explains in minute details the strategic, economic, technological, and political realities that shaped cruisers during this period. The first chapter proper cover the paddle and screw driven frigates and sloops which introduced steam power to the Royal Navy. The next chapter describes the first iron hulled cruisers followed by the early armored cruisers. Then we get to the real meat of the book which begins with the introduction of the steel hull. Four chapters follow in succession which deal roughly with second, third, first, and armored cruisers. The book finishes with a short chapter which explains the temporary cessation of cruiser construction under Fisher in favor of the battlecruiser. Throughout one gets interesting nuggets of information like Barnaby being the inventor of the protective deck and insights like White's armored cruisers being functional battlecruisers.

The text is supported with numerous mostly well reproduced photographs with detailed captions. In addition there are numerous line drawings (almost always with plans and elevations) equally well captioned.
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