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The Battleships (PB) Paperback – 11 Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Channel 4; New edition edition (11 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752261886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752261881
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 1.3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,016,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is not only educational about the evolution of firepower and battleship design, it is also a very exciting read! Highly recommended. -- anonymous, 2002.

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Ian Johnston is a lecturer, author and TV producer. A shipping enthusiast, his past publications include 40 Years of Dreadnoughts, Beardmore Built: The Rise and Fall of a Clydeside Shipyard and Ships for a Nation. He was Series Advisor on the Channel 4 series The Liners and is associate producer of The Battleships. Rob McAuley is an award-winning TV producer and director. A keen ocean racing yachtsman, he has twice crossed the Pacific under sail and survived being shipwrecked in the Straits of Magellan. The Battleships follows his hugely successful Channel 4 book The Liners which was a Sunday Times bestseller.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb 2002
Format: Hardcover
The book does give a good account of the development and evolution of the battlehip from the days of wood and canvas to steel and steam overall. However both the beginning and end are to brief. Neither provide enough information. The book does not really detail the development of the first battelships, neither does it explanin why they were removed from battlefleets. If you want to learn about battleships watch the series. Its alot better than the book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov 2000
Format: Hardcover
A good review of the development of the battleship from the "Mary Rose" to the giant capital ships of World War 2. Whilst the accounts from the days of wood and canvas are as good as any that I have read, the section which deals with the twentieth century is, I have to say, laden with errors, despite much use being made of interviews with naval historians, experts and even some who served on the ships. Personally, I like the use of survivors accounts, not only of actions in which the ships were involved, but how they felt when they were in battle. I feel that these excerpts from interviews with surviving sailors, and some airmen who attacked some of the ships, helps to redeem the book for the errors. One error in particular stands out from the rest. With all the reasearch that has gone into the television series that this book accompanies, one would think that they would be able to publish the correct date of the Japanese Surrender at the end of WWII. That is really the only major error, and without it, I would be persuaded to ignore the others, but it did affect my overall opinion of this work. Perhaps I'm just too critical ?!?
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Not a reference book and not even a coffee table book! 24 Mar 2001
By Robert Lester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Do not expect the detail of a Jane's nor the wonderful photos you would usually expect from a coffee table book, so do not be deceived by the cover.
This book is skimming over a BBC TV series. Whilst it has a few nice pictures, it is just that, a picture book, and not for the serious enthuiast. It consists of many frequently published photos and a few artist's renditions to fill up space.
From the first truely famous British warship, the Mary Rose, to the HMS Victory, graduating to steel vessels, Dreadnoughts and to great battleships such as the Yamato and the American Iowa class ships; It only provides a brief Synopsis of a bygone era.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
excellent videos and book 3 Jun 2005
By jim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
for those who have not seen the 3 tv shows called the battleships it is something to watch for and a lot better than most crap on television today. The companion book at first did not impress me a lot. I have a number of ww1 and ww2 era warship books in my collection. It starts with a brief section on wooden warships. It quickly progresses to predreadnoughts and moves to the end of the era. There are better books for deck by deck breakdowns of the ships. This book deals with the why did they do things this way and politics and strategy and ecomomics. There are excellent photos of these ships and top view and side view diagrams. The text is very substantial and well thought out. the technical specs on each series of ships was informative and at medium detail considering the scope of the book.
This book in summary covered a lot on naval action theory plus the politics and economics and personalities and is light on heavy technical detail. Coffee table book BS
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