The book contains many quotes, in which Penn excels. It does not make reading very easy, one must like it. In general it is not a book that is easy to read. That is partly because of the complex subject the book is about, but mostly the writer is hard to follow. His line of reasoning becomes blurred along the pages. Sometimes it was needed to check external sources to follow the story. The book is in the English language, what makes it an international book. Writers for such a market should take in mind that not everybody is familiar with typical English facts like First Sea Lord or First Lord of the Admiralty. A short explanation would be welcome. The entire controversy between Churchill and his several Sea Lords depend on this.
In general this book is well taken care of.
Onno De Meer - Jomini
Artillery is the topic for this new one in the series of books that make up 'G.I., An Illustrated History of the American Soldier, his Uniform and his Equipment'. It follows the standard format for the series, with an 82-page soft cover book, where the first four pages give the background text to the story, followed by 8 pages of colour images and the remainder being black and white archive photos. Starting from the end of the Spanish American war, the development of artillery in the US armed forces is nicely covered.