U.S. Armored Cruisers: A Design and Operational History by Ivan Musicant soon to be presented for sale on the marvellous BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1985, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Plans;
From the cover: This beautifully illustrated, large-format book is the first to deal solely with U. S. Armoured cruisers, those handsome but expensive ships that had such a significant effect on American naval policy at the turn of the century. With rare photographs and specially commissioned drawings, it offers a comprehensive design history of the twelve armoured cruisers built between 1888 and 1910. Unlike most such histories, which tend to study vessels in a vacuum, this book places the cruiser in a matrix of technological, naval, and world events. It also adds an interesting human dimension to the story of the armoured cruisers development.
To present a complete and accurate picture of each of the warships in the armoured cruiser program, author Ivan Musicant has done a remarkable job of pulling together widely scattered sources of information. Beginning with the New York and Brooklyn, both of which saw action in the Battle of Santiago, and followed by the six Pennsylvanias, and four Tennessees, he provides numerous details, which include dimensions, speed, endurance, armament, machinery, protection, and modifications, and an operational history of each type.
Using memoirs and other personal documents of the men directly involved, Musicant gives engaging accounts of the ships careers and of the times in which they operated. Anecdotes of life on board the cruisers and a lively description of the Spanish-American War further widen the books appeal.
Warship enthusiasts and naval historians will turn to U. S. Armoured Cruisers both for its superb nuts-and-bolts ship descriptions and for its overall appraisal of the ship type that eventually led to the development of the battle cruiser.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XV] 240 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11¼” x 8¾”.