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Battleship Design and Development 1905-1945 [Hardcover]

Norman Friedman
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5.0 out of 5 stars For battleship buffs Jan. 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
If you are reading this review, you are a battleship buff and would enjoy this book.
Describes in detail how designers are forced to trade off not only the major qualities of speed, firepower and protection, but also the minor qualities of livability vs internal subdivision, roll rate vs stability, multi-gun turrets vs vulnerability to single hits, and a hundred others. No choice is free; every selection means less of something else. He stresses the point that all these tradeoffs favor the larger ship, hence the continual growth in displacement.
This is a splendid, easy 5-star recommendation. However, if you can tolerate an unashamedly biased English perspective, then consider spending your $100 on Oscar Parkes classic "British Battleships", which is a much heftier volume for the money. Instead of Friedman's neutral and quantitive description of the limits of battleship design within a given displacement, Parkes' work covers a century of battleships in the context of contemporary naval thought and technology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revise and reprint this classic! Nov. 7 2000
By Brooks A Rowlett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was Dr. Friedman's first commercially published book. Compared to some later works it is more concise, has a broader focus, but it is one of the most valuable works ever published. It gives the explanations and reasons for why battleships were built the way they were -what drove the design tradeoffs - and how different navies emphasized different parameters. It also has an excellent photo selection that well illustrates each section, and a set of useful data tables. The only flaw is that as Friedman's earliest commercial work, it is less thoroughly footnoted than some of his later productions. This is one of the most highly recommended books possible for those seriously interested in the technology of the XXth century 'dreadnought' battleship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For battleship buffs Jan. 27 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you are reading this review, you are a battleship buff and would enjoy this book.
Describes in detail how designers are forced to trade off not only the major qualities of speed, firepower and protection, but also the minor qualities of livability vs internal subdivision, roll rate vs stability, multi-gun turrets vs vulnerability to single hits, and a hundred others. No choice is free; every selection means less of something else. He stresses the point that all these tradeoffs favor the larger ship, hence the continual growth in displacement.
This is a splendid, easy 5-star recommendation. However, if you can tolerate an unashamedly biased English perspective, then consider spending your $100 on Oscar Parkes classic "British Battleships", which is a much heftier volume for the money. Instead of Friedman's neutral and quantitive description of the limits of battleship design within a given displacement, Parkes' work covers a century of battleships in the context of contemporary naval thought and technology.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Masters Little black book of real facts Oct. 7 2011
By alden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the greatest book for someone who seriously enjoys studying armored ships. Not only does Friedman highlight the trade offs involved in every project - he gives a map and compass to compare different countries designs in spite of differences in how the countries published data.
You can easily find out why standard displacement is not standard, and who lied and about by how much about their warships. And the importance and differing definitions of weight groups.
For the warship techno buff - you will probably reread it every few years just for the pleasure of the clarity
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