Norman Friedman is one of America's best-known naval analysts and historians, the author of over thirty books, and a regular commentator on television and in the press. He has written on broad issues of modern military interest, including an award-winning history of the Cold War, and an influential book on network-centric warfare, but in the historical field his greatest sustained achievement is probably an eight-volume series on the design and development of different US warship types. He is equally at home writing about international naval topics, having done extensive original research in many European archives over many years. He has written with authority on British aircraft carriers and destroyer, has recently complete a two-volume history of Royal Navy cruisers, and published an encyclopedic reference work on the naval weapons of the First World War. Friedman's recent book, Fighting the Great War at Sea: Strategy, Tactics and Technology, is a classic combination of technical expertise and profoundly original analysis, which is certain to be become one of the most important new works on the naval history of the First World War. Alan Raven is a British-born naval historian, illustrator, and professional ship-model builder whose work frequently appears in modeler magazines. A.D. Baker III is a highly regarded naval authority known for his work as an illustrator and writer. His line drawings appear in several books, including others in this series. He is the editor of The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World and a contributing editor to the journals Warship International and Proceedings.