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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb book - if a little difficult for the non-specialist, 17 Aug 2008
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C. E. Taylor (Warwickshire UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a truly wonderful book for the keen warship enthusiast.
It covers not only Destroyers and Frigates, but the Sloops and Corvettes as well. Written by one of the leading modern period warship historians the research and new information are outstanding. It provides not only detailed ship information, with much new information, but also a deep informed insight never before available into the ship designs .

The good points

# A very comprehensive approach to the subject, done in a professional manner and with full source citation and a good index.

# Excellent collection of well-reproduced photographs, especially for the wartime period, with comprehensive notes to each .

# Numerous well-reproduced plans and diagrams, mostly by Alan Raven and Dave Baker - arguably two of the best warship draftsmen of this period. There are usually a number of variants shown for each class, again with very informative extended captions.

# The full ship list, which is included as an appendix, is very useful and contains some items not normally given.

The bad points

# The ships data tables, although useful are rather sparse and should have been expanded to incorporated more details, including gun and mount mark numbers.

# Due to the scope of the book being the overall development of these warship types the author has attempted to tell the full story as a continuous narrative - not just specifically by ship classes. This in many cases makes it quite difficult to get the whole story in looking up an individual class, especially in determining which details were in the final ships as built. This book is somewhat easier than the author's otherwise excellent previous books on American warships however as he has tried more successfully to keep class information together. However anyone not familiar with the ships of the period may well find it a struggle.

# Understandably there are quite a few obvious typographic errors, and there is signs that completion of the book was rather rushed. Situation normal !

Conclusion - Buy this book - for the photos and plans even if you are not a specialist, for the new complete overall picture if you are.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars british destroyers and frigates, 25 Dec 2008
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L. R. H. Coombs "naval man" (cheshire.UK) - See all my reviews
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This book and it is a large one is worth every penny,The reason being not only does it go through the various rationals behind each design that (eventually) produced the ships that served the Royal Navy well after WW2.It also explains and illustrates with line drawings some of the designs that didn`t make it past the drawing board( some of these seem quite bizzare). There are also a range of drawings of ships that made it into service which are sharp and clear,these will be usefull to the naval modeller as well. The photo contents are good, the pictures bright and clear.Being ex RN,I found this book very good and brought back many happy memories.The technical details are good but not too deep for the average reader.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Naval history and design, 2 Mar 2010
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I. S. Paul (N. Wales Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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I found this book very useful. The narrative is excellent and provides a background to why certain design options were made, the choice of waeponry and running costs of these ships etc. The book has a lavish selection of photographs and line drawings of destroyers both in war and post war fit. I would recommend this book and it's companion, from the earliest destroyers, to anyone interested in general naval history. There are some technical aspects to this volume but they do not overburden it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Destroyers and Frigates-The Second World War and after., 4 Feb 2011
My interest is in making working scale models of Warships. This book is an excellent reference work for anyone interested in the development of Destroyers and Frigates WW2 and after. The photographs and drawings are excellent, photographs are particularly impressive. There is a wealth of detail for those interested in making models of any of the vessels covered.
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