U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Alan Raven, Norman Friedman, A. D. Baker (Paperback, 2016)

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Theodore Roosevelt's desire for a "big stick" to enforce his foreign policy, for example, gave rise to his Great White Fleet of 1907-09, the United States's first battle fleet. Freidman analyzes whether the design was a serious project or simply a ploy to test relations with foreign powers.