This book has a few good photos and portions of the text are informative. However, the book contains a number of gross inaccuracies, some of which have been mentioned by other reviewers. Some of those comments are, admittedly, somewhat nitpicky and of interest only to ship geeks, but they are inaccuracies nonetheless. Many of the line drawings are incorrect, and show or do not show items that the ships either did or did not have on the dates supposedly depicted. That's just an example.
My biggest problem with the book is with the numerous instances of what I would call "battleship worship" where it is suggested that these ships were practically invincible and that they were immensely significant in a strategic sense. I love battleships as much as the next guy, but neither of these assertions is even remotely true. As for the invincibility assertion, the author discusses the British navy's tragic encounter with surface-to-surface missiles in the Falkland's and goes on to say that an Iowa-class battleship would suffer no more damage than "scratched paint" from a missile attack. This is absurd. As exhibited many times during World War II, an explosion within the unarmored areas of a battleship's or other surface combatant's superstructure can result in tremendous damage and many casualties. Radar, communications, fire control, and other essential systems can be destroyed entirely by an enemy projectile. Anyone working in the vicinity of the explosion would be killed or injured. True, the ship might not sink as was the case with the unarmored destroyer HMS Sheffield in the Falklands, but the damage would be substantially more than scratched paint, even on a battleship. Not everything is armored. In fact, a substantial portion of an Iowa-class battleship has no armor protection whatsoever. The "scratched paint" assertion leads me to believe that the author was woefully ill-informed as to the level of protection offered by a battleship's armor.
The real killer for this book, and the most staggering example of battleship worship is the author's assertion on the last page that deployment of the four Iowa-class ships in the 1980s was a principal factor in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. The author's assertion is that when the Soviet's found themselves faced with the new U.S. battleship/carrier groups, they pretty much threw up their hands and rolled over in defeat. One can almost see the Politburo members in the Kremlin looking at one another and saying "well, that's it for us" when they heard that the Iowa's were coming out of mothballs. If only it had been that easy. As documented in just about every study of the subject, the downfall of the Soviet Bloc was largely due to economic and social factors. True, our outspending them militarily added to the pressure, but to suggest that our breaking out some 1930s-designed ships from mothballs, strapping a few pieces of new technology on them, and putting them out to sea and having that break the back of the Soviets is plainly preposterous.
These and other silly assertions got me to wondering exactly what the author's qualification were for writing this book. There are many other works out there that are far better. Probably the best layman's overview of the Iowa class is Malcom Muir's book (available used on Amazon), which is well-written and much less given to preposterous assertions of Iowa-class invincibility. It was written prior to the 1980s upgrades, but it is still pretty good in spite of that.