London & Melbourne, 1st.Eng.ed., 1980. (Viii) + 259 pp., frontis., + 77 other photo-ills & 65 line drawings (some fldg.). D.j. 28 x 22cm. FINE. In 1886 the United States entered the 'battleship race' with authorization to build the USS MAINE and USS TEXAS. Between that year and 1908, America built 27 battleships ' the first of their number triggering off the Spanish-American War of 1898 by blowing up under mysterious circumstances. The 'Great White Fleet' of 16 pre-dreadnoughts signalled the coming of age of the US Navy, and they began to undertake voyages across the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans between 1907 and 1909. In this major study, the authors examine the design of these handsome ships, their construction, armament and machinery. They describe the history of each of the 27 battleships and illustrate their work with 78 fine photographs and 65 drawings (some folding). An attractive and informative work.