REIGN OF IRON By James L. Nelson
At the outbreak of the Civil War, North and South quickly saw the need to develope the latest technology in naval warfare, the ironclad ship. After a year-long scramble to finish first, in a race filled with intrigue and second guessing, blundering and genious, the two ships- the Moniter and the Merrimack- after a four hour battle, ended the three-thousand-year tradition of wooden men-of-war and ushered in "the reign of iron." Paperback. Signed by the author!