on 20 March 2008
I would consider this book to be more a reference book on the destroyers lost during World War II. In this book we have descriptions of the seventy-one U.S. destroyers that were lost during this war. Their individual accounts include eyewitness accounts of their finale hours.
Relates the ships' launchings and naming, their tour of duty, and the causes of their destruction. These include a short overview of the Ship's namesake and a short yet detailed account of what citations the ships received and their final action that resulted in their destruction and inclusion in this book.
The author makes it quite clear that this book is about these seventy-one U.S. destroyers' final days and not a study of the great battles that they were in. If you are seeking out a book that covers the strategy and tactics of these destroyers, this is not the book for you. I find this to be a great reference guide and a good addition to my library of naval history.