- Series: The U.S. Navy Warship Series
- Hardcover: 321 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415978998
- ISBN-13: 978-0415978996
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,002,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Navy of the Nuclear Age, 1947–2007 (The U.S. Navy Warship Series) 1st Edition
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Praise for the U.S. Navy Warship series:
"Invaluable tools for any historian working in American naval history."
―International Journal of Maritime History
"These are just what naval history buffs and modelers want when searching for information―everything about a vessel or its class is compiled on the same page. What a time saver!"
―Ships in Scale
"An important reference work from a recognized and expert author with a long tradition of scholarship."
―American Reference Books Annual
"A necessity for any library."
―Nautical Research Journal
"Here is the one-volume reference that is a must for every serious Naval buff. . . . Encyclopedic in its immense content and well-illustrated with sharp clear photos, this one volume text . . . is well worth every penny."
―Rod E. Redman, Sea Classics
"The Navy of the Nuclear Age is so straightforward to navigate that it belies the impressive amount of research that went in to preparing it. Silverstone has provided an invaluable service to histoirans of the US Navy during the Cold War with a research tool tthat brings imporant factual material quickly at hand. And while the book's current price of $150 might limit individual purchases to serious scholars, it should nevertheless find its way into every library section dedicated to military history and national security studies. The Navy of the Nuclear Age sends a clear signal that the Cold War remains relevant, and demand continued attention and study."
―International Journal of Maritime History
"The Navy of the Nuclear Age is an important reference book for the maritime historian. I will look forward to using it and the other volumes in the series for my research."
―William A. Fox, PowerShips, Journal of the Steamship Historical Society
About the Author
Paul Silverstone is an internationally recognized naval authority known for his many books and articles on warships. He is author of US Warships of WWII and editor of the naval notes column of Warship International, the quarterly journal of the international Naval Research Organization.
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Silverstone has kept to the same content style of his other "medium" format hardcover books --
- Each class of ship is accompanied by typically 1 photo, perhaps 2. The photos are around 3x3", "full scale" so no details can be discerned. Basically, the same photo and font size of his prior 8"x5" HC books overlaid on larger HC format, but still like reading a 8x5 book.
- It is the last of his US Navy series beginning from the formation of the US Continental Navy around 1775. This book, "Nuclear Navy" covers the 1947-2007 period, but published in 2009.
- Advocates of the book will point out that it lists almost all ships, including auxiliary ships.
- Surprisingly, while each ship class is listed, only about half of classes have a data table (dimensions, displacement, etc). At first, it appears that only "active" (as of 2007) ships have data, but that wasn't the rule, so I could not determine the trend of why specific listings are dataless. Really odd, as the data is open source.
- Overall, it has the same flavor as the Rif Winfield series of books on the "British Navy" (1603-1862) - "Design, Construction, Careers and Fates" and the Morrison paperback series "Ship, Aircraft of the US Navy." The Winfield books are lists w/o photos as pre-photography, Morrison 'sand Silverstone's books have the same look & feel with accompanying small photos.
- The Conway's Warships of the World series is far better, but the most recent is 1947-1995 is due a much needed update), and it would be far superior than Silverstone's book. In fact, the entire Conway series (1860-1995) is a best single collection of any, describing navies of the world. I also have Silverstone's US Navy series beginning with the first (published by USNI) except this. I finally purchased this 7 years after publication, waiting for the stubbornly high selling price to come down, and settled on a "Used-Like New" for about $66. I would not pay list price or even the $100+ "discounted" price.
Unlike some of the reviewers, I found this book to be very useful. The book identifies what operations the ships were involved in, and also mentions episodes which I have noticed often do not appear in reference works (such as collisions). Getting the actual commissioning, decommissioning, and strike date of the ship (which this book provides) I find very important.
This book has turned out to be an extremely important book in my library
The real problem is the quality of the photographs. Most are small (1/6 of a page) and are of mediocre quality from a reproduction perspective. In addition, I would have expected a more comprehensive set of photos depicting all ship classes and sub-classes covered in the book. The $150.00 cover price demands significantly better illustrations.
The author, Paul Silverstone, has written many books on naval ships over the past 40 years or so, some of which already cover a good portion of the information contained in this book and cost far less with better photos. His knowledge and talent would have been better served with a better produced book.
In summary, this book has a wealth of information and has value as a reference document. The issue is its value for the price.