(The Design of the Iowa Class Battleships Volume 2)
By John M. Miano
This is the latest in John Miano's detailed series of
books documenting the structure of the Iowa-class
battleships. This volume covers the ships' armor protection.
This book relies on original plans and actual on-board
inspection as its primary sources. Consequently, Armor of
the Iowa-Class Battleships corrects many errors about the
armor that have been repeatedly copied. It is 380 pp. and in
large, 11" x 8 1/2" format. There are over 700 photographs,
illustrations, 3D renderings, and original plan
The distributor has had problems getting the the book to
on-line books stores (e.g., Amazon) due to the book's large
size. There have been no problems reported ordering from the
Lulu bookstore here.
or at museum gift shops. If you buy from a museum, all
proceeds go to supporting your favorite battleship! The
books sold on Lulu and at museums are printed on heavier
paper than those sold through other on-line bookstores.
John Miano's research
into the known remaining builders' plans for the Iowa-class battleships has
allowed him to produce the most thoroughly researched
volume on this subject ever to be published. His ability
to extrapolate plans that did not survive the last 80+
years makes this volume a must have for any battleship
aficionado. I keep this book on my desk on board USS New Jersey and
reference it frequently, but you don't need your own
Iowa-class battleship to appreciate his extensive
Executive Director of the Historic Naval Ships
Association and the Curator for Battleship New Jersey
Museum and Memorial
Using hundreds of
researched graphics and photographs, based on blueprints
and physical examinations, this book delves deeply into
the details of the Iowa-class battleships'
armor systems. Following John Miano's unique book on the
battleship New Jersey, the author has now
expanded the analysis of the protective armor story
placed on the four Iowa's. The design, development, and
construction techniques of the armor are discussed along
with many associated detailed illustrations. This book
will be a welcomed addition to the armor "rivet
-David Way, Historian
for the Battleship Iowa
This book is a must have
for any Iowa-Class Battleship
enthusiast, researcher, or museum employee. The author
has gone to great lengths doing the leg work on the
armor of the ships and turned countless technical
documents into something the lay person can understand.
Pictures and diagrams help to put the text into
perspective that a novice or seasoned ship enthusiast
can enjoy and learn from.
-Keith Nitka, Battleship
Operations Manager, Nauticus & the Battleship Wisconsin museum, and
Battleship Wisconsin veteran
1990 - 1991
The book includes measurements for every piece of armor on
The methods for attaching armor to the ships are shown.
Details of the armor are shown in
photographs and in 3D renderings, where photography is
impossible. The differences among the various ships in the
Iowa-class are depicted.
Original plans are used where
Coverage includes armored grates.
Armored hatches are included in
And the book covers the armor