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VINE VOICEon November 23, 2009
If there is ANYTHING you want to know about Japanese Cruisers, this is the place to get it. this book covers all designs and developments from 1907 to 1945. Hundreds of B&W photos, line drawings, cut-aways, data tables, statistics, facts and factoids abound in this 882 page book. This is truely a "nuts and bolts" book.

I cannot think of anything that is not covered in this book - so why only four stars? Unlike US Naval expert Milton Friedman, the authors do not help you explain why certain decisions were made, or how well each ship or class did compared to others. The authors certainly have the information. A book that spews data without analysis is not as helpful as those books that show why a particular design was better than another. For example, there is a section on torpedos. Great - were they effective? What made Japanese torpedos better than US torpedos? Another example - In the early parts of WW2, the Japanese routinely won night battles. Why - better radar? Better training? Were the ships able to withstand punishment better?

Having said all of that, I would highly recommend this book to serious naval buffs. This is not for beginners or those who want an analysis of which ships were better and why or a history of the naval war. This is a one stop shopping place for all facts relating to Japanses Cruisers. As such, it has no peer. But the authors could have made it even better.
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on October 7, 2015
'Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War' arrived in perfect condition!! This book surprised me by its very large size and detail information within its pages!! This book will be an added treasure to my collection!! Thank you for listing this book with AMAZON!!
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on June 8, 2007
This book is easily the most complete book of it's type in the English language. Every picture, drawing and description as well as narrative fill in a huge void on this subject of Japanese Cruisers.

There is few stones left unturned by this work describing design philosophy, weapons and control systems, machinery and operational history of the designs and ships. Diagrams and photos are plentiful and are placed in the narrative extremely well.

This is the sort of work that needs time to delve in to all it has to offer the reader but the time is worth every second.

There are few adjectives that give this book it's proper due.
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on July 1, 2015
What can I say, it's THE book on Japanese cruisers. It deserves every superlative that has been lavished on it
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on December 15, 2014
AWESOME book!!!
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on September 5, 2007
Book is sooo HUGE that it should have been divided into 2 books. Everthing you would want to know about japanese cruisers and then some!!!!Highly recomemeded!!!
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on January 26, 2003
This is one of the best bathroom reads I have seen in a long time. ...Stuff like the average thickness of every plate of every cruiser in the Japanese Imperial Navy makes this something that you just cannot put down.
It is the Mother of All Reference Books on Japanese Cruisers. There is nothing to compare with it.
It is quite simply stupendous and will garner more than few stares from inquisitive guests.
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on February 24, 2006
This book is EVERYTHING it is advertised to be. The term "definitive" is often overused, but not in this case.
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