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am 6. Februar 2005
For those who have been disappointed with what may have been written about HMS Hood in the past, your wait for a book worthy of such a great ship is finally at an end.

Just as soon as I opened the package I was aware I had a book of great quality in my hands and it was not long before those first impressions were reinforced by the content.

This is the complete story of the greatest ship ever to sail under the “HMS” prefix. It is also the story of what was, in the opinion of many, the most beautiful warship ever built. Commencing with a note written by one Rear-Admiral Tudor requesting designs for a new experimental battleship with certain qualities, this author skilfully steers the reader though the 25 year lifespan of HMS Hood.

Yes, all the usual historic photographs are there, but so are a great deal more - such as the charming picture of Hood's four new propellers (each weighing 20 tons) being towed by Traction Engine from London to Clydebank. There are many more photographs Hood fans will not have seen before including 24 stills taken from a cine film shot by one of the crew.

Most outstanding of all, however, are the illustrations of the ship itself - culminating in a four page fold-out section which provides the reader with a full colour profile of the ship measuring 30 inches (76cm) in length. Other illustrations show the ship from just about every conceivable angle in addition to cutaways showing various internal arrangements.

I could go on and on - but suffice to say, one of the finest books to cross my desk in a long time.

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am 12. April 2009
I would like to add to the words of the other reviewer (Ned Middleton) that what is actually at the heart of the story is how HMS Hood's complement experienced her. It is a ship's biography - if you're looking for detailed deck plans or other reference material you should look elsewhere (even if the drawings are great indeed.)

What was much more important to me was the detailed description of how life on board the HMS Hood was. So many voices from different eras in HMS Hood's career, brought so close to us by the writing of Mr. Taylor. I found this absolutely fascinating - it shed quite some light on the inner workings of a British battleship and its crew. I must say, much, if not all of it was new to me.

Recommended to everyone with an interest in the men behind the machine.
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