The United States is safer and more secure today than it has been during most of its existence.  Why?

Because the U.S. has the only Navy in the world with a sustained, effective global reach that deploys forces to every region, exerts sea control and projects power into any area on earth.

No explanation of today's naval forces and ships should be undertaken without an examination of how the Navy evolved from merchant vessels, privateers, and frigates to today's most capable naval force in the world.

By what means were the ships of the Navy selected?

How were their construction and sustainment costs justified to Congress and the American public?

These and many more questions are answered in this book. By studying this history, Navy leaders are better equipped to analyze and synthesize the many complex and competing factors that drive requirements of ship characteristics and capabilities today.

This is a story worth telling - and worth reading!