The Battleship Book
Robert M. Farley. Rockville, MD: Wildside Press, 2015. 256 pp. Biblio. Illus. $19.99.
Reviewed by Paul Stillwell
In the event of a survey course called Battleship 101, Robert Farley’s work would serve as a suitable textbook. The Battleship Book is a wide-ranging primer on the subject of battleships, battle cruisers, near-battleships, and quasi-battleships.
The book comprises encyclopedia-style entries on 62 different warships; separate chapters on Jutland, naval treaties, and Pearl Harbor; and a number of sidebars. The time period moves from the 1885 keel-laying for HMS Victoria to the current Russian battle cruiser Pyotr Velikiy (Peter the Great). Ships from a variety of nations are represented. Profiles of ships from countries not generally known for fielding battleships—such as Spain, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil—are particularly helpful, as they are usually not covered in books on the subject.