Boys of the Battleship is not a definitive history of the WWII battleship, nor was it ever meant to be. It is a story set in the 1940s, seen through the eyes of young sailors and based on the tender memories of white-haired men who loved their ship then and still do, who treasured their country then and still do, who were patriotic and proud and remain so to this day....But Boys of the Battleship North Carolina is not a history book, although history is revisited; it is not a technical accounting of naval warfare, although the ship's technology was cutting edge; it is not a military manual, although life in the Navy is the driving force. It is a human story, a story of life and death, of love and loss, of fighting and frivolity. Boys of the Battleship North Carolina is not a story of captains or admirals, but of the boys who served under those officers with one common thread that tied them all together--the ship known as the "Showboat". (From the Preface) All copies are signed by the author.