- Taschenbuch: 146 Seiten
- Verlag: Createspace (12. November 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1438257449
- ISBN-13: 978-1438257440
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 0,9 x 25,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.057.327 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
US Battleships 1941-1963: An Illustrated Technical Reference (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. November 2008
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Born in Glendale Ca into a career Navy Family..I grew up on and around ships and naval stations...I went aboard a USN ship ( the Fleet Tug USS Sarsi ATF111) with my father for the first time at age 1 years in Jun 1951.....I went to sea a year later for the first time as a dependent with my family aboard the USNS Barrett T-AP 156 to Guam returning, to the US aboard the USNS Aultman T-AP152 in 1954...After a stint in Va were my father was stationed at the Pentagon (and assigned to the USS Kentucky BBG1 project) we were transfer in 1959 ti the San Diego area....While in High School I was member of the USS Parche Division of the US Naval Sea Cadets and a member of the California Cadet Corps ROTC program.....in 1966 I enlisted in the Army's Nike Missile Program and was stationed in Germany for 3 years...after discharge I worked as a computer technician on USN projects in the San Diego Area...working on many projects and aboard many ships...in the early 1970's I worked at the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Site I Complex in Thule Greenland for 2 years....in the mid 1970's I assigned aboard the USS Kitty Hawk CVA63 for an extended cruise deployment...........In 2005 my India born wife Swarn and the family cat Cozy relocated to the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains and open a full time art business (art by wayne) ..I began writing in 2007 and completed my first offering in Apr 2008
Große Anzahl von Fotos, die bisher selten zu sehen waren. Allerdings sind Fotos sehr klein und nicht immer scharf.
Entfernt vergleichbar mit früheren FaheyŽs Edition, jedoch textmäßig viel ausführlicher.
Insgesamt ist das Buch aus meiner Sicht sehr empfehlenswert.
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The text consists of a 6 page introduction, 2 pages on the impact of the disarmament treaties between the wars, a 10 page chronology of the war and post-war period, 88 pages covering the 15 classes of US battleships and battlecruisers, and the remaining 16 pages tabulating camouflage, battle damage, construction and scrapping, radar and fire control, armament, armor, and aviation. Obviously none of this can be covered in any detail. The book lacks an index.
Scarpaci's text is very poorly written, consisting of long series of statements of facts and opinions (such as his own classification of "generations"of US battleships). Shorthand is used throughout, including the numeric 1st instead of "first." A freshman English teacher would have a field day with his prose, which includes many phrases instead of complete sentences, run-on sentences, and very poor grammar (e.g. p. 40 "The ship probably sunk [sic] as much due to progressive flooding, from the unrepaired torpedo damage giving way as to the effects of the scuttling charges.")
The illustrations include a large number of photos (approximately 260) and some 47 line drawings (all elevation views). Unfortunately, squeezing these into an 8" by 10", 132 page book means that they are necessarily small, typically smaller than 2" by 4". They are all very poorly reproduced gray-scale jpeg files, replete with horrible digital imaging artifacts (such as blurred detail, aliasing, and pixelation). The line drawings are very blurry and difficult to look at. The book includes a number of the author's paintings of the ships. These are similarly small (less than 6.5" by 3") digital color reproductions that are also very unsharp.
Much better books providing the technical information as well as sharp line drawings include Breyer's "Battleships and Battelcruisers" (1973), and Terzibaschitsch's "Battleships of the U.S. Navy in World War II" (1977) which can be had on the used book market for less than the price of Scarpaci's book. And of course, Norman Friedman's authoritative "U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History" (1985) remains in publication.
Addendum: Further to the above, Mr. Polychroniadi's comments on the quality of the graphics in the book are right on the mark. Finally, the author's comment on my review cannot pass without response. His personal attacks on my character (and my preteen's reviews of airsoft products) speak volumes about Mr. Scarpaci. He is, however, absolutely correct in suggesting that I utilize Amazon's very generous return policy.
It is in woeful need of two editors - one for the author's words and one for images. The author, on his contents page, has even misnamed one his own paintings, unless of course he did mean "Quite Backwaters". This is only the first of many typo--"A BB took 5-8 mouths to scrap." (p. 68)--grammatical, and construction errors that mark the effort as amateurish.
On the surface, the book is a grabber, one that any ship fanatic would feel he couldn't do without. Who can turn their back on 252 photos, 52 paintings, and 86 line drawings of battleships? Wow! Gotta have it. But wait. That's 390 images on 134 pages and each page is only 8x10. That's not a lot of real estate for imagery, let alone any copy. So, the images are all small. It is near impossible to pick out any detail in the author's paintings or the photographs. Virtually all the photographs are profile, 3/4 bow - stern shots. Very few are detail shots, and the reader is supposed to pick out details from photos barely 2 inches wide.
In a photo book reproduction is paramount. Paper should be pure white, dense enough for no bleed through from the other side of the page, and coated for a precise image. This paper is not white, too thin, and uncoated. The uncoated paper allows the ink to set into the fibers and bleed, producing a blurred image. Further, the author apparently doesn't know much about imaging line art. All his line drawings have significant artifacts which severely affects their sharpness. They are simply bad. I wish I could comment on his paintings, but they are too small and so poorly reproduced that a valid observation cannot be made. That's enough comment in itself.
I won't go into the copy except to say it is basically a rehash of the author's sources, all the books of which should be readily familiar to anyone even beginning to look at the history of battleships.
Save your money on this incarnation.
If the author ever gets a real publisher this might be worth taking a second look.