The Battleships (PB)

The Battleships (PB)

by Ian Johnston (Author), Rob McAuley (Author)


Before the nuclear bomb, the only weapon that evoked fear and veneration was the battleship. This book unveils the epic saga of power, international politics and one-up-manship that led to the titanic wars of the 20th century. Spanning almost two centuries, from the Battle of Trafalgar to the end of World War II, this book examines the rapid evolution of firepower and battleship design from canvas to steam; timber to steel armour; muzzle loading cannons to 18-inch guns, and beyond to rocket launchers and missiles. As the spearhead of colonial expansion the battleship reigned supreme, but as each new man-of-war came off the slipway, the world became a more dangerous place.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Edition: Main Market
Publisher: Channel 4
Published: 11 Jan 2002

ISBN 10: 0752261886
ISBN 13: 9780752261881

Author Bio
Ian Johnston is a lecturer, author and TV producer. A shipping enthusiast, his past publications include 40 Years of Dreadnoughts, Beardmore Built: The Rise and Fall of a Clydeside Shipyard and Ships for a Nation. He was Series Advisor on the Channel 4 series The Liners and is associate producer of The Battleships. Rob McAuley is an award-winning TV producer and director. A keen ocean racing yachtsman, he has twice crossed the Pacific under sail and survived being shipwrecked in the Straits of Magellan. The Battleships follows his hugely successful Channel 4 book The Liners which was a Sunday Times bestseller.