This account of the long overdue expedition to explore HMS Hood, with the re-visit to Bismarck has begun the process of providing some valuable answers to the the many questions surrounding those fateful days in May 1941. Some misconceptions about both ships can safely be put to rest, providing the ongoing analysis of the footage and data collected is supportive.
My only disappointment is with the illustrations. Although the photgraphs - especially of Bismarck- are excellent, the lack of artist-generated images of Hood's wreck, as Dr. Ballard provided for Bismarck in his book, is unfortunate. Even if producing them had delayed the book's launch it would have been worth the wait. Side-scan sonar images and diagrams do not do much for the untrained reader.
The text is easily readable, wisely concise in its account of the sea chase which has been covered so many times before, and obviously heart-felt. The authors have suceeded in maintaining the human face to the tragedy of both vessels.
"Hood And Bismarck" is a must-have for anyone keenly interested in the subject. I look forward to the further publications on the expedition's findings.