Dan Cowden's Reviews > U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History, Revised Edition

U.S. Destroyers by Norman Friedman
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Dec 09, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: history, technical
Read in October, 2011

This was a fascinating read -- but probably not for everyone. For those interested in how situations shape tools and weapons, rather than how weapons are used, this can be a real treasure as it charts the development of the modern destroyer in American service from the turn of the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st -- essentially the entire lifetime of the destroyer.

The book is chock full of design studies and narrative explaining how and why particular decisions were made about ship design, such as the fact that American destroyers tended to have a much greater provision for fuel, because it was recognized at an early point that they would need to cross long distances if they were to stay with the battle fleet and fulfill their purpose as "torpedo boat destroyers" and the guardians of the battleships.

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