Poole, 1st.ed., 1983. 160 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE. Breaking new ground, this is the first serious study of the evolution of US destroyers that fought in WWII, containing both information and photographs hitherto unpublished. The author examines the design, performance, armament, modifications and the influences of pre-war tactical doctrines and economies. He describes the process that brought the second and third generations of US destroyers into being - the first modern American destroyers. The fourth generation laid down just before the war revolutionized US destroyer design and were more suited for the coming conflict in the Pacific. The book is illustrated with some 200 photographs including views taken on active service in the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean ; the result of years of painstaking research. THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF AMERICAN WWII DESTROYERS.