US Battleships: An Illustrated Design History
Norman Friedman’s US Battleships: An Illustrated Design History was one of the first really big, really crunchy, really technical books on military equipment that I got. It’s obviously not light reading (at least for normal people), but it flows well. And I honestly think battleships are the best suited to a historical chronicle like this.
Since 99% of their history was in the past tense (the sole exception being the Iowa reactivation at the time of the book), it means there’s less sensitive info around. And since battleships are gigantic and awesome (don’t lie), it makes for fascinating reading. In battleships, you can see the US Navy going from its humble beginnings to its World War II juggernaut.
Technical naval warfare fans should definitely get this book. It’s one of the best of its kind.
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Bucket List item: Visit all four Iowa class BBs. Two down, two to go
Have also visited the USS Alabama and USS Texas, the evolution of technology and design is right there to see. Fantastic ships.