Actually vice versa: from ""Ships of the Nuclear Age"" back through steamers and sailboats and finally, just nominally, to Noah et al. ""In the Beginning"" -- in magazine format, small print, double columns, British-fashion (contents at the rear, for instance); the fourteen chapters in 60 pages, half of which are pictures. No Tunis of course (Oars, Sails, Steam), and not -- due to the inverted chronology -- the handiest history; but between the few generalizations and occasional editorializing, the observations are intelligent (e.g., the Gold Rush and Suez Canal as turning points), the book basically sound. . . enough for browsing.