The recent Seaforth book on HMS Duke of York is superb - everything a book about the building of a battleship should be.
The last two books in the series were very "pretty but mostly empty" so I'm not really on pins and needles waiting for this one.
Maybe if they brought in someone besides Stefan Draminski, emphasized hull structure and machinery, and chose a subject vessel that wasn't another big wwii warship, i'd be game...
There has been a general deterioration in the quality of ship books over the past decade with Osprey leading the way. It appears that publishers have learned or believe that the way to make money is through series books that have pretty pictures you no fact checking.
This trend took hold with the Osprey series books (e.g. New Vanguard) that B&N found looked pretty grouped together on their dwindling shelves. Put together a drawing of a battleship in the 1980's configuration with the a flared bow bulwark, wrap around ECM platform, stern crane, total imaginary interior in a cutaway, and slap the number 62 on the bowówho's going to know the difference?
Osprey has now transformed the AOTS series into Super Drawings in 3D where, if it looks good, it goes into printóreality be damned.
From their upcoming new releases, it looks like even the US Naval Institute Press is getting to the act with short series books. It's only a matter of time before the @$# Hayne Owner's Manuals (other than the real ones for cars) start doing ships.
And why not? Look at the Amazon reviews. People eat the pretty pictures up, even when they have no relation to reality. The rendering of Frame 160 on USS Iowa is beautiful. How many readers are going to know there is no Frame 160 on the Iowa class?
There is a way the community could respond to this trend:
There are a lot of people out there who have gathered research and have accurate data. You know, the folks that travel to NARA, the Naval Historical Command, and the actual ships . With today's technology you folks could publish your research in book form quite easily and without a lot of off-front cost.
Do to the publishers what YOUTUBERS are doing to the TV networks.
Just a thought.