If you are interested in every technical aspect of the Japanese Yamato, then this is the book for you. The narrative gives you just enough background to understand the history of the ship but is mostly focused on specifications or other technical details of the ship. There are plently of excellent B&W photos showing the ship under contstruction, at sea. Line drawings, 3-D cutaways provide insight to this enormous, infamous ship.
The author provides facts regarding how the ship was constructed, obstacles that had to be overcome. Line drawings of the hull, superstructure, guns, turrets, interiror, fire control systems, even the boats and planes on board. As if that weren't enough, there are diagrams of what the ship wreck looks like underwater.
The Yamato may not have seen a lot of action, you can argue Japan did not use its limited resources wisely, but you cannot deny the fascination of this ship, nor the thorough and enjoyable reading of this book. Recommended for all naval buffs, historians and modelers.
Almost 5 stars because there is some information that is missing. But that's ok, giving the mystery surrounding this battleship and lack of formal literature from the Japanese imperial Navy. A must have for those putting the Yamato kit together, but don't expect a step by step set of instructions. It's more like a collection of data to support the task of building the kit and avoid common mistakes.