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Compelling reading, 13 Jun. 2013
This is a superlative piece of work, with a wealth of detail, knitting together what I suspect is a fast-disappearing understanding of the subject. It provides a wonderful capping piece from which the reader would be able to conduct more detailed research into various aspects of battleship design and construction in the various surviving archives. Without this expert overview, I suspect the archive material will, over time, become impenetrable.
While the technical descriptions are fascinating, the discussion and explanation of the commercial development of the supporting industry is at least as interesting and possibly of more value. As a naval engineer working in the UK industry, it is an eye-opener to discover what some of today's companies were actually doing a century ago.
The illustrations and photographs are similarly impressive and well selected.
I doubt there is a finer book on the subject and would be surprised if this book was ever surpassed.