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The Battleship Book


By the author of Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force. From the moment when the launching of HMS Dreadnought made every capital ship in the world obsolete overnight, we have been fascinated with these powerful surface combatants. Here Robert M. Farley looks at the history and folklore that makes these ships enduring symbols of national power – and sometimes national futility. From Arizona to Yamato, here are more than sixty lavishly illustrated accounts of battleships from the most well-known to the most unusual, including at least one ship from every nation that ever owned a modern battleship. Separate essays and sidebars look at events and lore that greatly affected battleships.

Available at:



Barnes and Noble

Follow at:




David Axe, What Happened After Peak Battleship (War is Boring, November 28, 2015)

Paul Stillwell, The Battleship Book (Naval History, June 2016)

Battleship related work by Robert Farley:

Podcasts and Other Media:

Midrats, May 22, 2016

The Diplomat, February 25, 2016

Original Series:

Sunday Battleship Blogging