This is a large, fairly heavy, well produced book containing a wealth of information about aircraft carriers from the beginning (before the First World War) to 1983, with brief notes covering the period 1984-91. That leaves a 20-year gap to the present, although not that much has happened in the interim. Don't look for any details of the new fleet carriers currently planned for the Royal Navy, though, and Theodore Roosevelt (laid down 1981) is the last Nimitz class USN carrier mentioned in the main body of the book. This is particularly unfortunate as the United States is the world's only "carrier super-power", and the Nimitz class apparently the ultimate manifestation of the carrier itself.
Otherwise, this book does what it says on the cover, providing a complete and reasonably detailed history of fleet and escort carriers, although hybrids like the Japanese Ise and Hyuga, and such types as seaplane tenders, are excluded. The complete predominance of the USA is hammered home by that country's many successive classes of carrier, some of them having "production runs" in the dozens. Indeed, while Japan began the Second World War with 16 carriers and ended it with 4, the USA had 101 by 1945. Amazingly, Britain had no fewer than 71 carriers that year. All this information comes from the handy diagram running across pages 38-44, showing how many carriers were afloat every year from 1914 to 1983.
As well as full accounts of all carrier classes ever built, grouped by nation, there are substantial sections on the evolution of the carrier and its role throughout the 20th century. An index of ships' names and a bibliography complete the package. Every single class has a diagram, a photograph or both; sometimes several photos are provided - some full-page. Apart from the cover, everything is monochrome.
All in all, this is a very good book which offers pretty comprehensive coverage of its subject up to 1983. For the price of a tenner, it is a terrific bargain.