A very interesting book that will appeal to anyone who has ever looked at an old ship and wondered what stories it had to tell. I agree that the focus and tone of this book are satisfying -- it is far more an emotional journey through the rusting relics of history than it is (or, in my opinion, should be) a review of the policy or technology of the mothball fleet. The author's obvious love and respect for these ships gives the book its considerable appeal. However, I opted for four stars instead of five because I thought the organization of the book was a little shaky, moving from the end of World War II; through the mothballing process; to later conflicts and reactivation; then back to World War II through the ship's histories. I also would have enjoyed more photo coverage, including some pictures of the interiors of mothballed ships (the author makes several, tantalizing remarks about the interiors of the mothballed being time capsules of the end of World War II) and pictures of the ultimate fates of mothballed ships (photos of the scrapping of the Enterprise and the listing, rusted hulk of the light carrier Cabot would enhance this book's wistful view of the subject). These thoughts aside, it was a very good book that made me fondly recall looking at one of the mothball fleets years ago with my father.