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Battleship Design and Development 1905-1945 Hardcover – Jun 1979

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Smithmark Pub (June 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0831707003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0831707002
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 21.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,909,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on Jan. 27 2004
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2848660) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a7c0c0) 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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a7c114) out of 5 stars For battleship buffs Jan. 27 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a7c8ac) 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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a7c594) out of 5 stars Insights into why battleships were the way they were Jan. 22 2016
By George W Prescott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had this book earlier but it went missing, so I picked up a new copy. This book helps to explain why battleships (and for that matter almost all warships through World War 2) came out the way they did. Battleships are used because the information on them is more available than other types of ships. Had his work been around earlier people would have seen that the armor protection given for so many years for the North Carolina class in Jane's was impossible, that the Italian Littorio class battleships could never have made the speeds Richard Hough credited them with, and why battleships kept on getting bigger and bigger. Packed full of information and insights, well worth owning. Why a new edition has not come out I cannot understand.
HASH(0xa2a7c744) out of 5 stars Excellent book for the amateur battleship designers of the world. April 26 2016
By Bayard B. - Published on Amazon.com
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EXCELLENT book for all the amateur battleship designers of the world! Discusses design aspects and inter - relationships of issues such as armor, armament, speed and propulsion machinery, and hull hydrodynamic considerations. You don't need to be a naval architect or a marine engineer to appreciate the book and follow its discussions. There is also much history of the changing views over time on issues such as the relative importance of side and deck armor, arrangement of main armament turrets, and importance of secondary armament. There is also discussion on the interplay of fundamental issues such as arrangement of VTE engines / casement secondary weapons / limitation of two main centerline turrets for pre - dreadnought and early dreadnought designs. For example, until superfiring turrets were developed and accepted, multiple in-line turrets were impossible for both longitudinal strength and financial reasons. It wasn't just hide - bound admirals who resisted all - centerline turret designs (although that certainly was an issue); there were definite naval architectural and marine engineering reasons at the time why it couldn't be done.


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