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Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1947-1995 [Hardcover]

Naval Institute Press


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March 1996 Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships
Ten years have passed since the two-volume "Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1982" was published and in that time, profound changes have occurred in the make-up of the world's navies, and the aftermath of the break up of the Warsaw Pact represents an opportune time to revise the work and bring it up to date. Particularly relevant to the updating of this volume has been the release of new information which has come about as a result of: the break-up of the Warsaw Pact; the unification of Germany and the take-over of ex-East German ships; and over all navies there now hangs the question mark over their role in the post-Cold War era and the sceptre of defence cuts. A whole range of recent technical developments are chronicled including: the commissioning in the USSR of the first large-deck carriers; the arrival in Britain, Holland, Sweden and Japan of a new generation of high-tech conventional submarines; the revival of interest in close-in air and missile defences, and the adoption of stealth technology at sea. It covers the Gulf War which involved the biggest naval deployment since 1945. All these developments, and all associated launchings and commissionings are covered, and so bring this title up to date to make it a core reference book for all those who follow naval affairs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 675 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press; Rev Sub edition (March 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557501327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557501325
  • Product Dimensions: 31.4 x 22.2 x 4.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,197,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compendium of Post-WWII Navies of the World Jan. 22 2001
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This is an update of Conway's formerly 2-volumes (Western and Warsaw Pact navies), first published in 1982. This is now 1 volume, large format size of the other Conway's, 1860-1946. It is an impressive book, covering the cold-war era, describing in minor detail, the survivors of WWII, and in more detail, new construction from 1947. It's the only book of its type because it covers all types of vessels and all navies; each entry has a brief description (sometimes insightful) but usually just a recitation of public info (because very few of these vessels saw combat). They are accompanied by a medium-size photograph, and often a line drawing (but the drawings are of medium quality, and plainly "hand drawn"). The book is not a thorough treatment of any particular ship or type of vessel; for that, you will have to use other books such as Norman Friedman's (now dated) series on US Navy battleships, aircraft carriers, submarines, etc. It lacks the descriptive nature of H. Lenton's books on the British WWII navy, or the graphic intensity of the dedicated battleship, cruiser, etc. books. Nevertheless, no other book is as comprehensive as this one, and remains the seminal work on naval vessels in the cold war era; it's richly illustated and has sufficient text.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference of the post-war period Dec 4 2001
By Pierluigi Malvezzi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the last (in chronological order) of a famous serie of four books dealing with the history of the steam and iron navies from the beginning (1861) to the present days. It's a very exhaustive book, which covers almost every nations that ever manned a naval ship, from the huge US Navy down to the smallest African or Pacific ones. In this way a reader can have a very good idea of the power and evolution of the world's navies through the desing of their ships, built or not (the book contains the description of a lot of projected ship classes that were never built, but that are interesting in order to better understand the evolution of some navies). As usual, for all the ships built before the period covered by the book, the reader is referred to the other similar books of this serie (mainly the third one, covering the 1922-1946 period). Every ship or class is described quite in detail (overall the main types, like battleships, carriers, cruisers, destroyers and submarines), with a description of the project evolution, a brief account on the modifications occurred during the ship's life and the final fate of each one. A lot of photographs and some drawings complete what can be considered one of the best purchase a naval enthusiast can ever do!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference! Nov. 26 2013
By TDRB - Published on Amazon.com
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First, I have already owned all of the other Conway's books for many years; they are the highest quality reference, with an excellent balance of conciseness and completeness, and I would ordinarily give this volume a five star rating. The particular book that was delivered to me is complete, with all of its pages and information intact. However, I do not think the material condition of the book as delivered justifies the "Very Good" rating at which it was offered. The dust jacket is extremely worn, with a slice on the front that leaves an impression in the front hard cover itself. Other aspects of the book simply show wear with age. I offer this information to convey a sense of what one gets for what one pays; this book was admittedly the lowest priced among all offered, at about $85, and I suspect was perhaps in the roughest material condition among offerings. To obtain a copy of better material condition, one should be prepared to spend rather more. I would have rated this copy as "Good" or "Acceptable" and would suggest that the price I paid for that lower rating is simply the fair market value of this relatively uncommon, excellent volume as of this writing. However, because this price is so much higher than, for example, a Jane's or Combat Fleets of the World volume covering a portion of the same time period and essentially same sort of information, a subjective 4 of 5 star rating for "like or dislike" seems appropriate.
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IT is a big and nice book Nov. 29 2000
By Ringo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
it is like a dictionary and you can find every ship you want to know in this book

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