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The Battle Cruiser "HMS Hood" Hardcover – 16 Apr 2008

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing (16 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848320000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848320000
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 2.6 x 28.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I cannot rate it too highly. It starts with why and how HMS Hood was built, her launching and her peace-time career. The the book moves on, after a notional tour of the ship with accompanying deck plans, to describe in great and fascinating detail the workings of the ship, and the life of the men aboard, in all the various departments, and using plenty of quotes from men at all levels. Finally it describes war time service, the disaster, and the aftermath. Although by necessity most of the many photos are black and white, there is a section of colour photos, and of course the marvellous 3D illustrations of the exterior and key interior areas. Along with the expected bibliography, there is a list of all the men lost in the sinking - I frequently referred to it as I read the book, hoping that a particular writer had survived; some did, others sadly not.
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!
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By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is NOT a "hard to find" or "out of print" title at all - as is claimed in otherv reviews. Instead, at the time of writing, this is a brand new book.

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.

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By Housey on 14 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
THE book on HMS Hood and beautifully presented. If this glorious ship and it's history interests you, then this book MUST be in your collection as I am not aware of a more thorough and detailed perspective of the Mighty Hood.
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This biography of the famous battleship traces its origins in the naval power race which played a strong role in Britain's entry into WW1. Its design did not benefit fully from the lessons learned by the navy in that conflict , particularly in respect of armour. The Hood's main contribution was as an imperial ambassador, showing off her elegant and imposing form around the world. Although the book does cover the construction and design of the ship as a mechanical system, its main strength is revealing the greater intricacies of the human organisation which served in the ship. This changed with the various characters who entered and exited the scene with the various commissions. Her role as a roving icon rather than real war machine may have contributed to her not being maintained to the standards needed to face much newer German battleships. The author provides an overview of the tragic final moments of this much loved vessel, but doesn't attempt a technical deep dive - which is apparently now possible since the discovery and exploration of the ship's wreck.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a present for myself, having long had an interest in the battleships and battlecruisers of the Royal Navy. I've had the book well over a year and having read it cover to cover, it still draws me back due to accessible and thouroughly enjoyable way in which it is written. The book brings the ship to life, both as a warship and as a home to her crew, and both aspects are explored in an empathetic way. It is beutifully illustrated with drawings and photographs and I seem to find some new details just about every time I open it. Well worth the money for anyone with an interest, or who would like an insight into what these vessels were for and how they worked.
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Format: Hardcover
As others have noted this is without doubt the go-to single history of this great battlecruiser. In many respects this is for me the perfect military history book. It strikes that difficult balance between scholarly work and accessible/ popular history. It is the type of book I happily leave out on the coffee table ( if my wife let's me). It's positives are accessible text and format, a range of contemporary photographs, the right balance of anecdotal stories and really good CAD drawings of the Hood (which are in colour, fold out and form the centre spread of the book). I particularly liked the section detailing the Hood's menagerie ( cats, dogs and kangaroo).

Recommend - whether you're an armchair historian, a modeller or if you just enjoy really good books.
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