- Paperback: 140 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd,Revised & enlarged edition (January 22, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1438257449
- ISBN-13: 978-1438257440
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,451,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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US Battleships 1941-1963: An Illustrated Technical Reference Paperback – January 22, 2009
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Excerpt:What do you look for in a volume about warships? You might say that there are different genres. Naval history for example, emphasizes text. Graphics and data tables are simply throw ins, as they provide eye candy for true purpose of the book, a chronological study of events and often have a general appeal. Then there are volume that delve into warship design, such as the Norman Friedman Illustrated Design series. This type of volume is very narrow in width but very deep in depth. They cover very possible facet from turnbuckle to rivet. This exhaustive approach appeals to the true enthusiast, but does not have mass appeal. Then there is the volume that concentrates on graphic coverage, concentrating on photographs and drawings. US Battleships 1941-1963 An Illustrated Technical Reference by Wayne Scarpaci is closest to the later category but incorporates elements from other types of naval writing..............The most striking aspect of the title is the great amount of material crammed into those 134 pages. Mr. Scarpaci includes photographs, drawings, data tables, ship histories and color prints of every battleship of the era.............To me one of the high points of this volume is the inclusion of original paintings on the battleship classes........Still, all and all, even with the smaller size graphics, any modeler will get a lot for their money with this volume. --Steel Navy Review Excerpt by Steve Backer http://www.steelnavy.com/USBattleshipsWS.htm
Wayne Scarpaci has published his first in a series of technical reference books on battleships. This one covers US Battleships from 1941 to 1963. The book traces Capital Ship development from beginning to the last battleships. There is even coverage on many that were ordered and later canceled such as the USS South Dakota BB-49 and the Lexington CC-1 Battlecruiser for you "Never-were" fans. The book starts with the USS Arkansas BB-33 and includes details on the both the USS Utah and Wyoming then converted to gunnery training ships. Mississippi is also shown in her post war AG fit complete with missile launchers. The Montana class is covered all the way up to BB-71 USS Louisiana. The book also covers the many Pearl Harbor Battleships through their major reconstruct ions. There are photos (some I have never seen before) and line drawings by the author that help illustrate these changes. Another bonus is the really nice artwork also by the author, showings many of these battle wagons in action. I wish that these illustrations were larger, but it gives you an appreciation of the artist. Full review on Warships.com --Modelwarships.com 1 Feb 2009 Timothy Dike
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Introducing a new format in Battleship Reference Books....with newly researched material and new original artwork....this volume is the end product of over 45 years of extensive research.....This is not only a book for the serious naval historian, but also for those with interest in these magnificent ships.
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The text consists of a 6 page introduction, 2 pages on the impact of the disarmament treaties between the wars, a 10 page chronology of the war and post-war period, 88 pages covering the 15 classes of US battleships and battlecruisers, and the remaining 16 pages tabulating camouflage, battle damage, construction and scrapping, radar and fire control, armament, armor, and aviation. Obviously none of this can be covered in any detail. The book lacks an index.
Scarpaci's text is very poorly written, consisting of long series of statements of facts and opinions (such as his own classification of "generations"of US battleships). Shorthand is used throughout, including the numeric 1st instead of "first." A freshman English teacher would have a field day with his prose, which includes many phrases instead of complete sentences, run-on sentences, and very poor grammar (e.g. p. 40 "The ship probably sunk [sic] as much due to progressive flooding, from the unrepaired torpedo damage giving way as to the effects of the scuttling charges.")
The illustrations include a large number of photos (approximately 260) and some 47 line drawings (all elevation views). Unfortunately, squeezing these into an 8" by 10", 132 page book means that they are necessarily small, typically smaller than 2" by 4". They are all very poorly reproduced gray-scale jpeg files, replete with horrible digital imaging artifacts (such as blurred detail, aliasing, and pixelation). The line drawings are very blurry and difficult to look at. The book includes a number of the author's paintings of the ships. These are similarly small (less than 6.5" by 3") digital color reproductions that are also very unsharp.
Much better books providing the technical information as well as sharp line drawings include Breyer's "Battleships and Battelcruisers" (1973), and Terzibaschitsch's "Battleships of the U.S. Navy in World War II" (1977) which can be had on the used book market for less than the price of Scarpaci's book. And of course, Norman Friedman's authoritative "U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History" (1985) remains in publication.
Addendum: Further to the above, Mr. Polychroniadi's comments on the quality of the graphics in the book are right on the mark. Finally, the author's comment on my review cannot pass without response. His personal attacks on my character (and my preteen's reviews of airsoft products) speak volumes about Mr. Scarpaci. He is, however, absolutely correct in suggesting that I utilize Amazon's very generous return policy.
Unfortunately the manner in which this data is presented leaves much to be desired. The photographs are reproduced far too small,three or four rather than one or two per page,with the that the details pointed out in the captions are virtually un-viewable. This book should have been printed in a much larger format and on glossy rather than dull paper
My only real complaint, and that's why I would rate it for 4 and a half only, is the sometimes diminutive size of the artworks and pictures, which is a shame as the artwork is really top notch and some would deserve at least a full page!
Certainly the author had to keep price down by limiting the length, still I feel a two partition edition would have been better with much larger pictures.
I'm looking forward to the Italian and French BB books and in the end hopefully we will have a full coverage.