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Titans of the Rising Sun The Rise and Fall of Japans Yamato Class Battleships Perfect Paperback – September 10, 2010
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(Note: this review edited by Benjamin W. Hartley on June 13, 2011.)
If one needs a quick overview of the subject, this one might do. The print job is first-class, and the binding is very good for a paperback. The layout is good, the selected type face easily readable and the inclusion of both a bibliography and an index is exemplary. One item, however, makes me wince: here's the full quotation, from the back of the title page:.
"DISCLAIMER. The photographs and information contained within have been researched thoroughly but while the author and publisher of this book have made every effort to provide accurate information they are by no means responsible for any errors or omissions in the publication."
Whatever became of the old-fashioned notion that authors are wholly responsible for errors in their manuscripts?
Now to one of my pet peeves: this book was neither properly copy-edited nor proof-read before publication. Here are some egregious errors.
Text, many places: "whom" is incorrectly used in place of "who."
Text, page 11: "deep seeded resentment" should be "deep seated resentment"
Text, page 12: "When the 'Dreadnaught' was completed in 1906..."; caption, page 13: "When the 'HMS Dreadnaught' was completed in 1909..." Which is correct?
Text, page 16: "...while the 'Satsuma' had reciprocating power plants the was powered by steam turbines." [sic] The other ship's name is omitted; from context, this most probably should read "...the 'Aki' was powered by steam turbines...Read more ›
The text is at best a an over view of the history of these ships, breaking no new ground. The illustrations and pictures very amazingly sparse.
Definitely not worth the money nor a lead book on these vessels.
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Great read, a must have for any pacific war wnthusiast.Published 11 months ago by Frederick G Sherris
This well researched and written book traces the history of Japanese warships and tactics. The book is written in a very factual style and is an easy and enjoyable read.Published on January 26, 2013 by Phil