The Battle Cruiser "HMS Hood" Hardcover – 16 Apr 2008
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This book sets a benchmark for books on any ship, as it successfully gives technical and social information in a very skilful and interesting way.
As you've looked at this review you must be interested in Hood. So buy it!
For those who have been disappointed with what may have been written about HMS Hood in the past, your wait for a book worthy of such a great ship is now at an end. This is a book of great quality and first impressions are soon reinforced by content.
This is the complete story of what some people insist is the greatest British warship of all time. It is also the story of what others still regard as the most beautiful warship ever built. Commencing with a note written by Rear-Admiral Tudor requesting designs for a new experimental battleship with certain qualities, author Bruce Taylor skilfully steers the reader though the 25 year lifespan of HMS Hood.
Whereas all the usual historic photographs are included, there is also a great deal more - such as the charming picture of Hood's four new propellers (each weighing 20 tons) being towed by Traction Engine from London to Clydebank. In addition there are many more not previously seen - including 24 stills taken from a cine film shot by one of the crew.
Most outstanding of all, however, are the illustrations of the ship itself - culminating in a four page fold-out section which provides the reader with a full colour profile of the ship measuring 30 inches (76cm) in length. Other illustrations show the ship from just about every conceivable angle in addition to cutaways showing various internal arrangements.
I could go on and on - but all I need to say is this is one of the finest books to cross my desk in a long time and the reader will not be disappointed.
Recommend - whether you're an armchair historian, a modeller or if you just enjoy really good books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A superb book! The "Mighty 'OOD" has fascinated me since I first learnt of her in the Sea Cadet Corps, some 60 years ago. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J R Crump
The book arrived promptly and is in excelent condition. Not a mark on it. Very good book full of great pictures and full of information relating to HMS Hood.Published 20 months ago by Sarah Henderson
Interesting and informative. Learnt about this ship from build through to its loss, would recommend to anyone wanting to increase their knowledge of the ship and it's final... Read morePublished 23 months ago by DM
This is another great reference book for this ship and well worth the money. It is a great history reference book and the detail is just the ticketPublished on 16 Dec. 2013 by Victor Welch
Everything you need to know about the mighty Hood is in this book. The details are amazing and as I am currently constructing a 1:200 scale model, this is invaluble as the drawings... Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2012 by P M HANSHAW
I can only echo all the other reviews - this is unbelievably good in every way
I can still recall the shattering effect on us Londoners when she was lost - as a... Read more
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