I have had a long time interest as a historian and having had personal connections with the sea, I have built up a library for about 30 years which includes the significant texts on naval construction. I have all three of the Dulin/Garzke books, and of the three books the tome on Axis/Neutral ships is by far the best production. I suspect, though, that the tome on Axis/Neutral ships is better only because the authors have had to learn something about writing in their two prior attempts. The "strengths" of Dulin & Garzke are in assessing engineering, and in condensing text for a supposed "average adult" to follow the history of a ship. Unfortunately, Dulin & Garzke miss the point: the average reader with an interest in naval architecture is most likely to have technical experience with, or possesses graduate-school background, which calls for a greater depth of writing (and dedication to subject) by the author. For example, we get tantalizing hints of strategic considerations in discusing the German "Z" program, but the reader would walk away from the book not understanding that there was a Japanese "super battleship" concept in mind which produced the Yamatos. The discussions about armour and gunnery are acceptable, but again the reader with a greater interest in nautical history walks away unsatisfied. Tabular material is decently presented, and the faults of prior texts (such as an incomprehensible armour key) are avoided. On the other hand, the reader is given pictures which are all-too common in the literature; the most interesting presentations are on the B-65 class and the proposed Italian and Spanish designs. Here again, when one expects Dulin & Garzke to go "deeper" into the material, the trail ends abruptly. At least in this book Dulin & Garke avoid the farce of presenting the same picture 5 times (!) as in the treatment of the Montana class. I have considered this book "acceptable" but I hold forth that Dulin & Garzke would have brought forth a trio of superlative books if the authors had done more digging and possessed greater dedication to the material.