- ISBN/SKU: 9781591140689
- Binding: Hardcover
- Era: Victorian Era
- Number of Pages: 400
- Subject: British Cruisers
- Date Available: October 2012
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“As always, Norman Friedman's work is well-researched and he has a masterly grasp of detail. The book is written in a lively and informative style and includes a wealth of detail about early cruisers, their operation and the pace of development that made some ships obsolete long before they were worn out. This volume contributes a great deal to our understanding of how warships evolved after the era of sail and is well up to the author's usual high standards. It must be considered as the primary reference work on the Victorian cruiser force and it also helps us to understand the thought processes of those who held high command in the First World War having been trained in these ships. It will be an essential acquisition for the collections in libraries, of course, but in addition to its obvious importance, it is also a thoroughly absorbing read and I recommend it highly for everyone with an interest in the generations of warships that preceded our own.”
– Warship World
Gradually evolving from sailing frigates, the first modern cruiser is not easy to define, but this book starts with the earliest steam paddle warships, covers the evolution of screw-driven frigates, corvettes and sloops, and then the succeeding iron, composite and steel-hulled classes down to the last armoured cruisers.
Norman Friedman is a prominent naval analyst and the author of more than thirty books covering a range of naval subjects, from warship histories to contemporary defense issues. His previous book on the subject was British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After.