If you want a good-paced single volume history of the rise and fall of the Kriegsmarine in World War II, then this is for you.
This book documents the life and death of the 6 or so Battleships that made up the striking power of the Nazi surface fleet.
The book talks up their contribution to the German war effort, but in reality their only function was to tie down Alied naval resources that could have been deployed elsewhere. A kind of check existed on the forces facing each other across the North Sea, a smaller version of the situation that existed in WW1.
However there were fleet actions up until the middle of the war, but only because the Germans deployed the battleships in penny packets to strike at merchant shipping as opposed to sending them all out in a mini-Jutland. If they had then they would have been slaughtered.
Each one of the ships is covered in adequate detail, the most space being devoted to the Bismark, Graf Spee and Tirpitz.
We also read about the humiliating surrender and demise of the Imperial navy of WWI and the rise of its successor.
This is a good read that will encourage the reader to research the subject more, but also puts the Kriegsmarine in context. During the war Churchill thought them more dangerous than the U-boats.