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...after all, Seaforth initiated the blueprint-series which may be considered a sort of rival for the AotS-series.
Or shouldn't Naval Institute Press be more than interested in something that has so significant a place in American naval heritage?
Everyone makes errors. There are always mistakes in books.
The issue in this case is that the problems of this book go way beyond mistakes and into the realm of fiction. I gave away my copy in frustration so I can no longer go into detail as I could in the past. But the types of issues include:
- There is an illustration of a frame that does not exist.
- There intake trunks are shown for the boilers where none exist (air flows - freely through the intake space).
- There is a massive casting at the end of the twin keels to support the shafts. The book shows framing.
These are not nits or issues of errors of misinterpretation. These are pure fiction.
My sole reason for beating this dead horse is to express my frustration at the lack of ANY good books that address the structure of the Iowa-class. Sumrall is the best we've got but it's old and does not really illustrate structural detail.
I have spent a lot of time volunteering on board so I could spot many of the inaccuracies (like the frame that does not exist or the invention of intake trunks).
For the issues that are not immediately visible, I have been reviewing book chapters from by my #1 Iowa class source who has been writing about the Iowa class based on original blueprints and ship exploration. He's shared with me at least three books worth of chapter drafts covering the hull construction, armor, turrets, etc. He's mapped out all the hull plating (type, size, thickness, type of joint at each edge), got 3D renderings of all kinds of internal details, has 3D models of all the armor plates on the ships, created hull sections from the original plans, ..... ad nauseum .
(When I questioned my source on any of the multitude of discrepancies between his material and AOTS, he supplied photographs or copies of original plans.)
But here's the kicker: he tells me no publishers will touch his Iowa material.
Yet they WILL publish totally inaccurate material like this—and many people accept it without question (read Amazon reviews). Go figure.
The market gets what it tolerates.
I can just imagine any author trying bring something accurate on the structure of the Iowa-class to a publisher and being told "But AOTS is already out there."
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