Warship 2015

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The Conway Warship annual publication rapidly established itself as a premier annual review of naval affairs and a source of insightful articles from leading writers of some of the least well-known and best-known topics of naval history. The death of Anthony Preston, who had been responsible as editor for this fine series, cast a shadow over the future of the series. Happily, the current editor took on responsibility in 2004 and his first volume proved that the reputation of Warship would not suffer. The very successful format was maintained and the only area of doubt was in the future ownership of the Conway imprint. When Bloomsbury acquired the imprint last autumn the doubts were finally dispelled. The new owner has agreed to the continuation of Warship in its popular and well-established format and this first issue under the new ownership demonstrates a commitment to both the very original and informing content and to the high production standard. Inevitably, this has resulted in a cost that is not a bargain basement price, but it is a very aggressive pricing for a book of this quality. Sadly, the reduction in lending library space means that some readers who depended on borrowing copies will either miss out or need to dig deep to buy their own copies. More significantly, it will deny access to a number of new readers who would have borrowed from libraries before becoming hooked and placing regular orders. This is a situation which affects a great many serious and highly professional books and has encouraged the purchase of imprints into a relatively small number of publishing groups. However, this is a book for professionals and enthusiasts that will also appeal to novices. Highly recommended.

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NAME: Warship 2015
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 140615
FILE: R2252
AUTHOR: editor John Jordan
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury, Conway
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 208
PRICE: £40.0
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: Queen Elizabeth carriers, Patrie Class battleships, Fisgard Training Establishment, Bonfiglietti carrier project, Endau, submarine Mariotte, The Toothbrush, Shokaku Class carriers, ironclad Popovkas, modern carriers, RN post-war weapons, naval war in the Adriatic, USS North Carolina
ISBN: 978-1-84486-276-4
IMAGE: B2252.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The Conway Warship annual publication rapidly established itself as a premier annual review of naval affairs and a source of insightful articles from leading writers of some of the least well-known and best-known topics of naval history. The death of Anthony Preston, who had been responsible as editor for this fine series, cast a shadow over the future of the series. Happily, the current editor took on responsibility in 2004 and his first volume proved that the reputation of Warship would not suffer. The very successful format was maintained and the only area of doubt was in the future ownership of the Conway imprint. When Bloomsbury acquired the imprint last autumn the doubts were finally dispelled. The new owner has agreed to the continuation of Warship in its popular and well-established format and this first issue under the new ownership demonstrates a commitment to both the very original and informing content and to the high production standard. Inevitably, this has resulted in a cost that is not a bargain basement price, but it is a very aggressive pricing for a book of this quality. Sadly, the reduction in lending library space means that some readers who depended on borrowing copies will either miss out or need to dig deep to buy their own copies. More significantly, it will deny access to a number of new readers who would have borrowed from libraries before becoming hooked and placing regular orders. This is a situation which affects a great many serious and highly professional books and has encouraged the purchase of imprints into a relatively small number of publishing groups. However, this is a book for professionals and enthusiasts that will also appeal to novices. Highly recommended.

This 37th edition continues to be devoted to the design, development and service history of the world’s combat ships. A select panel of distinguished international contributors has brought once more a fine selection of authoritative articles of broad range and originality.

As regular readers have come to expect, the crisp and informative text is supported by photographs, drawings, sketches and maps of high quality, most being rare and previously unpublished. The issue also covers a range of subjects, both in terms of date and topic. This volume has a slightly higher proportion of aircraft carrier content but also includes ironclads and a largely unknown Italian carrier project from the late 1920s. There is something new for even the most knowledgable professional or serious enthusiast. The range of content is ideal for a novice wishing to develop naval knowledge.

In addition to the excellent articles, there is a section of notes and reviews that provides a huge amount of detail in a confined space and this will be as valuable to readers as the formal articles. The naval notes cover a very wide range of topics succinctly and with appropriate illustration. The book reviews section provides concise reviews of what the editorial team considers to be the outstanding naval books of the year. With, happily, a continued high output of naval books from publishers, some will feel a number of outstanding books have missed the list and some in the list might not entirely meet the criteria, but that is subjective and everyone will have a personal view, coloured by the exposure to naval books during the past year. That is always a challenge for reviewers. The FIRE Project team includes reviewers scattered across time zones and we receive books from a wide range of publishers and PR companies. We would like to greatly expand our range of reviews but there are two constraints that will have applied equally to Warships 2015. The first is in availability of review copies. It is very easy for the review team to miss the publication of what will prove to be outstanding books and when an operation has been running for a number of decades (the Fire Project took on reviewing from a group of reviewers so that reviewing has continued for some four decades, and Warship has almost reached four decades of reviews) publishers and PR companies have to accept some responsibility for not sending out review copies as unsolicited review titles. The other constraint is time because a reviewer has to thoroughly read a review title with sound personal knowledge of the subject. There are only so many hours in a day. That can mean that reviews reflect the review team’s particular interests and the most effective publishers’ marketing operations. Having said all of that, Warship 2015 has a great selection of reviews that will prompt readers to seek out these books to expand their enjoyment and knowledge.

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