The Modern Cruiser – The evolution of the ships that fought the Second World War written by Robert C. Stern and published by Seaforth Publishing

I think that we need to say from the start that this is a very comprehensive and detailed book about the modern day cruiser, and it contains magnificent detail, information and reference. The book is obviously spilt into a number of chapters such as looking at the birth of cruisers, getting through WWI, and from then on the various chapters look at the cruiser through the various years of development in like 5 – 10 year chunks. This book looks at cruisers from all around the world but it goes into depth about various ships in design, dimension, build, calibre and military firepower.

Now I should admit I am no expert on Naval Warfare or the vessels that command the oceans, but I feel after reading through that I have learnt an awful lot, not just about dimensions and types of ship  needed but especially in this book a lot about the laws and rules of building a fleet. This book most certainly reads and feels like a definitive and important book, written by an author Robert C. Stern who is clearly an expert and knowledgeable person having written about this subject for nearly 30 years. So credit goes to the author for is clear and comprehensive writing and Seaforth Publishing for bringing us a brilliant book. I should also comment that the pictures, photographs and diagrams within this book are fantastic and certainly do complete the book. So from someone who most certainly an expert on this subject, I would happily give it a 5 star rating.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.