Bibliography
Contributed by: Jim Michels




A Bibliography

This is a short list of books on destroyers.
Additional titles would be appreciated.


  • Blood on the Sea
    • Author : Robert Sinclair Parkin
    • Date Published : 1995
    • Pages : 360
    • Price : $29.95
    • Published by : Sarpedon
    • Synopsis : The stories in chronological order of US destroyer losses in World War II.
    • Notes : I paid the full price but it was more than worth it.
  • Destroyers
    • Author : Antony Preston
    • Date Published : 1977
    • Pages : 224
    • Price :
    • Published by : Bison Books Limited
    • Synopsis : British and American destroyers from World War I to 1977.
    • Notes : Great text and loads of unique pictures.
  • Destroyers of World War Two
    An International Encyclopedia
    • Author : M. M. Whitley
    • Date Published : 1988
    • Pages : 320
    • Price :
    • Published by : Naval Institute Press
    • Synopsis : Fact and graphics rich.
    • Notes : The dust cover has one of the best photos of a brand new Gearing Class destroyer that I have ever seen.
  • Electronic Greyhounds : The Spruance-Class Destroyers (Hard Cover)
    • Author : Michael C. Potter
    • Date Published : 1995
    • Pages : 300
    • Price : $55.00
    • Published by : Naval Institute Press
    • Synopsis : Covers Spruance (DD 963), Kidd/Kouroosh (DD993), and Ticonderoga (CG 47) classes. Describes origins, construction, weapons, features, and modernization. Cover operations including early deployments, Libya, Grenada, Lebanon, Persian Gulf, Haiti, and others.
    • Notes : Over 100 illustrations, including non-selected designs.
  • Good Night Officially
    • Author : William M. McBride (Using the home-bound letters of Yoeman Orvill Raines)
    • Date Published : 1994
    • Pages : 306
    • Price :
    • Published by : Westview Press - 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder Colorado 80301-2877
    • Synopsis : From the dust cover : "These are the words of Orville Raines, a newspaperman in civilian life, who now found himself in the uniform of a Yeoman Second Class on the destroyer Howorth DD 592 and smack in the middle of the Pacific war."
    • Notes : I believe that I was one of the last persons to set foot on her decks before her use as a target in the early sixties.
  • Japanese Destroyer Captain (Soft Cover)
    • Author : Tameichi Hara
    • Date Published : 1961
    • Pages : 314
    • Price : $0.75 (Then, of course)
    • Published by : Ballantine Books
    • Synopsis : "Hero of the Japanese Imperial Navy, known throughout Japan as "the unsinkable captain" of World War II, Captain Tameichi Hara, led his destroyers into the thick of combat in practically every major naval battle in the Pacific."
    • Notes : Absolutely fascinating! You cannot put it down. Trust me!
  • Missile Inbound: The Attack on the Stark in the Persian Gulf
    • Authors : Jeffrey Levinson and Randy Edwards
    • Date Published : May, 1977
    • Pages : 147
    • Price : Retail $32.95
    • Published by : Naval Institute Press
  • Sumner-Gearing Class Destroyers (Hard Cover)
    Their Design, Weapons, and Equipment
    • Author : Robert F. Sumrall
    • Date Published : 1995
    • Pages : 289
    • Price :
    • Published by : The Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tin Can Sailor: Life Aboard the Uss Sterett, 1939-1945
    • Author : C. Raymond Calhoun
    • Date Published : 2002
    • Pages : 224
    • Price : $11.50
    • ISBN: 1557502285
    • Published by : United States Naval Institute
    • Synopsis : A narrative account of the Sterett and her 800 sailors
  • United States Destroyer Operations in World War II (Hard Cover)
    • Author : Theodore Roscoe (Designed & Illustrated by Fred Freeman)
    • Date Published : 1953
    • Pages : 581
    • Price : (See prices at Amazon.com)
    • Published by : Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland
    • Synopsis : If U.S. Destroyers is the "treasure house" of technical Information then this has to be the "historical" equivalent.
    • Notes : A "must" for any "Destroyer" library.
  • U.S. Destroyers (Hard Cover)
    An Illustrated Design History
    • Author : Norman Friedman (Profile Drawings by A.D. Baker III
    • Date Published : 1982
    • Pages : 489
    • Price : $84.95 (can vary - depending on availability)
    • Published by : Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland
    • Synopsis : An absolute "Gold Mine" of technical information. More than worth the price.
    • Notes : The most fact-rich book on Destroyers I have found so far.
  • Knott's Diary (Soft Cover)
    • Author : Clarence R. (Bob) Knott
    • Date Published : (not listed)
    • Pages : 42
    • Price : $3.50
    • Published by : Kal Leichtman (Editor)
    • Synopsis : A teenage Sailor's account of severe combat experience during the Okinawa invasion while serving on the USS Smedley D. Butler DMS 29 (ex DD 636).
    • Notes : I purchased this book at the USS Turner Joy museum store in Bremerton Washington.

  • LITTLE SHIP, BIG WAR The Saga of DE 343
    • Author : Stafford, Commander Edward P.
    • Date Published : 1985
    • Pages : ?
    • Price : ?
    • Published by : Jove
    • Synopsis : A bio of USS Abercrombie, written by her executive officer. I enjoyed it.

      Bibliography entry Submitted by Vince O'Hara

  • North Atlantic Patrol (Hard Cover)
    • Author : Lieutenant Commander Griffith Baily Coale USNR
    • Date Published : 1942, 1943
    • Pages : 51
    • Price :
    • Published by : Farrar & Rinehart, Inc.
    • Synopsis : "The Log of a Seagoing Artist" uses the art of the author to illustrate actual wartime experiences in the North Atlantic shortly before America's entry into that war.
    • Notes : I found this old and somewhat battered copy in a used book store and have seen no other copies.
  • The Ship That Would Not Die (Hard Cover)
    • Author : F. Julian Becton - Rear Admiral, USN, Ret.
      with Joseph Morschauser III
    • Date Published : 1980
    • Pages : 323
    • Price :
    • Published by : Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
    • Synopsis : Written in dedication to the "Brave men who gave their lives to save their ship in the action between USS Laffey (DD 724) and twenty-two Japanese aircraft near Okinawa on 16 April 1945".
    • Notes : The copy that I have was purchased in a used book store and is a "Book Club Edition". It is a page turner.




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