Aircraft Carriers: the Illustrated History of the World’s Most Important Warship
Aircraft Carriers: the Illustrated History of the World’s Most Important Warship, Michael E. Haskew, 2016, ISBN 9780760348147, 240 pp. with 168 b/w + 67 color images
Michael Haskew writes in a lively manner about the history of the paradigm setting warships, born in the 20th Century, in Aircraft Carriers: the Illustrated History of the World’s Most Important Warships. His writing style delivers overview as well as interesting detail which is as effortless to read as it is informative.
The majority of information as well as images are with respect to U.S. Navy ships but he addresses aircraft carriers of other navies quite well. Insets address special detail and act as enjoyable unexpected surprises (for example, explaining the meanings of jersey colors on USN carriers as well as the evolution of the Air Wing). This in not a book for the naval architect nor the strategic historian. This is the book for the reader wanting a full appreciation of aircraft carrier developments, battles, modern uses and their aircraft. The first aircraft carriers through the modern day Gerald R. Ford and Queen Elizabeth classes are all in Aircraft Carriers—with a plethora of well organized, charmingly presented material in between.
The images are historic and astounding…often majestic…of both aircraft and aircraft carriers. Haskew’s book is nearly coffee table in size and welcomed by any reader wishing to become aware of the aircraft carrier in the past, present and future. Significant developments, persons, events and aircraft are addressed and the index is wonderfully useful.
Zenith Press, as is the publishing custom, provided a copy of Aircraft Carriers: the Illustrated History of the World’s Most Important Warship for an objective review.