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The Battleships of the Iowa Class


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Philippe Caresse was born into a naval family in 1964 and joined the French Navy in 1982, serving in the destroyer d'Estrees. He has published an extensive range of ship monographs on the French, German, U.S., and Japanese navies from the late-nineteenth century to the Second World War, and is co-author with John Jordan of French Battleships of World War One (2017) and French Armoured Cruisers. He is the harbormaster of a marina on the Cote d'Azur.


"The book is easy to read, without many technical terms, but with beautiful photographs of the exterior and interior.... The photos are often from various periods of the forty and plus years of life of the ships so that we can draw a comparison. One of the strengths of the book are the beautiful 3D schemes as well as the various photos of details that can be useful to model makers. There is a good balance between black and white and color photos, all of the highest quality. The book can not miss on the shelves of fans of naval history and modeling, because it represents a fantastic approach to know the history of the most powerful battleships ever created. The most fascinating aspect is the photographic one supported by a passionate technical and historical description of these real 'floating cities'." --On The Old Barbed Wire
"Battleships of the Iowa Class, can be enjoyed both as a coffee table book and as a penetrating examination of the design, construction, and operational history of the Iowa Class.... While the book has numerous standard black and white photos of the four ships, it is the pages of color photos which sets this book apart. Some of these photos are worthy of display in an art gallery. In total, the photo coverage provided in this book of the four Iowa Class ships leaves very little of their internal and external spaces not illustrated. This book is sure to become the benchmark by which all other books on the Iowa Class will be judged." --Naval Historical Foundation
"A book that will please most Iowa enthusiasts." --Sea Classics
"If books were classified as ships, then The Battleships of the 'Iowa' Class: A Design and Operational History, by Philippe Caresse, would be a battleship. It's hardcover, glossy, and heavy, and will displace a bit of space on your desk. It has an impressive array of informative firepower, and there's enough imagery to entertain someone casually flipping pages, as well as serious naval enthusiasts and professionals.... Battleships of the Iowa Class will provide hours of enjoyable reading and browsing. It's the kind of book that buyers will be proud to own, and should have a long shelf-life in any library." --The Strategy Page
"This is a magnificent production. The technical and operational level of detail will delight the most demanding rivet-counter, but the nine hundred high quality illustrations--3D renderings, color and B&W photos, and line drawings--elevate Battleships of the Iowa Class into a class of its own. The translation from the French original is excellent. Highly recommended." --Vincent P. O'Hara, author of U.S. Navy against the Axis, Struggle for the Middle Sea, and Torch.

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