There are many books published about the Navy and its ships. We focus here on those books that are related to destroyers that our volunteer reviewers found to be worthy of member attention. Please click on book title to read the review. The rating system that we use is as follows:

                Highly recommended. An excellent book.
                     Recommended. A solid effort.
                          Some readers would enjoy it but many would not.


To save space and time we list here reviews of only those books that the reviewers felt were appropriate for our readers. We strive to present reviews of books that will have a wide interest to the general membership on destroyer-related topics and stories. Often we receive a book with a request that we review it when the book is not really appropriate to Tin Can Sailors members and while it may be a well-written book, fails to meet our requirements or may be limited in appeal to those aboard a single ship during a specific time period. Consequently, we do not list such books and their reviews here.


Absolute Bearing
by John Barell
Adventure, Adversity and Anecdotes on the Charles J. Badger (DD-657)

by John A. Pritzlaff
Aircraft Carriers: The World's Greatest Naval Vessels and their Aircraft

by Chris Bishop and Chris Chant
Anchors and Eagles

by Paul Adkisson
Antisubmarine Warrior in the Pacific

by John A. Williamson
At War with the Wind: The Epic Struggle with Japan's World War II Suicide Bombers

by David Sears
Battle Stars and Naval Awards

by J.W. Perkins
Black Oil Chief USN
by William E. Sneed
A Blue Sea of Blood: Deciphering the Mysterious Fate of the USS EDSALL           
by Donald M. Kehn, Jr.
Boatswain's Mate
by Pat Johnston
A Call to Colors
by John J. Gobbell
by John G. Denham
Carrier Clash the Invasion of Guadalcanal & the Battle of the Eastern Solomons August 1942

by Eric Hammel
Carrier Strike--The Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands October 1942

by Eric Hammel
The Chess Players
by Francis J. Partel, Jr.
Corry – A D-Day Survivor’s Stories About The Destroyer That Led The Normandy Invasion

by LTJG Francis M. McKernon as told to Kevin McKernon
Cruise of the Blackwind

by William Haiber
DD 522: Diary of a Destroyer
by Ron Surels
DD-891 Ready in Peace and War

by John G. Denham
Dear Ma, Love Frank  
by LTjg William F. Barron, Jr.  
Destroyer Captain -- Lessons of a First Command

by ADM James Stavridis USN
Destroyermen Three Minutes to War

by Richard Tennent
Down in Laos
by Francis J. Partel, Jr.
A Destroyer Sailor's War
by Jerome S. Welna
Down to the Sea
by Bruce Henderson
Dreadnaught's Curse  
by Howard Hoyt Hilton
Due to Enemy Action

by Stephen Puleo
Edge of Valor
by John J. Gobbell
The Emmons Saga, A History of the USS Emmons (DD-457/DMS-22)

by Edward Baxter Billingsley
Empire Rising
by Rick Campbell
The Forgotten War Begins, A Novel of the Sea War in Korea

by Archie T. Miller
The Famed Green Dragons,
The Four Stack APD's of WWII

by Curt Clark
 From Sand to Sea and Distant Shores, Book One: To Sea

by Mac Magee
From Stem to Stern -- A Fletcher's Story

by Joe Galligan
Gainard Against the Odds
by L.R. Moise, PhD
Gallant Lady
by Don Keith and Ken Henry
Gangway, Regular Navy
by Philip King
The German Invasion of Norway-April 1940
by Geirr H. Haarr
The Gun Club USS Duncan at Cape Esperance

by Robert Fowler
Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue

by Robert Drury and Tom Clavin
A Handful of Emeralds: On Patrol with the Hanna in the Postwar Pacific

by Joseph C. Meredith
Hard Charger!
The Story of the USS Biddle (DLG-34)

by Jim Treadway
Harm's Way--Every Day
by Harold "Bud" Kalosky
Hell is Upon Us
by Victor Brooks
Hey Mac
by Jack Holman
Hunt and Kill U–505 and the
U–Boat War in the Atlantic

edited by: Theodore P. Savas
Hooligan Sailor
by Leon Frederick
I Didn't Want to Worry You Mom...(but sometimes it got a little scary and dangerous out there!)

by Don Johnson

by Jack Lucas
Inside the Danger Zone: The U.S. Military in the Persian Gulf 1987-1988

by Harold Lee Wise
In the Presence of Heroes
by Mike Smith
In the Name of Allah
by Ed Crawford
In the Trough Three Years on Ocean Station

by Thomas F. Jaras
Join the Navy and Discover the World

by Karl G. Heinze
The Kissing Sailor
by Lawrence Verria & George Galdorisi
Kamikaze Attacks of World War II
by Robin L. Rielly
Kamakaze Nightmare
by Ron Burt
Kamikaze Destroyer

by Jeffrey R. Veesenmeyer
Korea Operation War Dance     
by Alfred Smith McDonald
The Last Epic Naval Battle--Voices from Leyte Gulf

by Davis Sears
The Last Stand of Fox Company

by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

by James Hornfischer
Letters to the World...
A Story of Love in War

by Philip A. Stiles, Jr.
Mayday Tugs of War
A documentary film by Robin Williams
The Messman Chronicles-
African-Americans in the U.S. Navy,

by Richard E. Miller
Modern U.S. Navy Destroyers

by S. F. Tomajezyk
Morning of the Rising Sun: The Heroic Story of the Battles for Guadalcanal

by Ken Friedman
Muddy Jungle Rivers
by Wendell Affield
Murder on Pratas Reef

by Rick Ainsworth
My Blue Water Navy
by Mike Shults
Murder on Pratas Reef
by Rick Ainsworth
  Navy Daze, Coming of Age in the 1960s Aboard a Navy Destroyer
by Michael R. Halldorson
The Navy Way
by Richard H. Rothrock
The Neptune Strategy
by John J. Gobbell
Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

by James Hornfischer
Norfolk to Abadan and the Long Way Home

by Louis Cattera
No Tombstones in the Sea

by Daniel Keough
Never to Return

by Randall Peffer and Col. Robert Nersasian
One of the Crew, USS O'Bannon, WWII  

by Walter Allen Lee
The Original Tomcat a Fletcher Destroyer Goes to War

by Jackson Sellers
Our Country, Right or Wrong
by Leonard F. Guttridge
Pearl Harbor to Tokyo and Beyond

by Eugene McClarty
Phalanx Against the Devine Wind: Protecting the Fast Carrier Task Force During World War 2

By Martin Irons
The Port of Houston

by Mark Lardas
Playing for Time
War on an Asiatic Fleet Destroyer

by Lodwick H. Alford
Quicksilver: A Greyhound at Sea     

by CDR Jack L. Wells, USN Ret.
The Real Story of the USS Johnston DD-821 Part 1 and Part 2

Edited by George Sites
Red Star Rogue
by Kenneth Sewell with Clint Richmond
Retribution The Battle for Japan, 1944-45

by Max Hastings
Sailors to the End:
The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal
and the Heroes Who Fought It

by Gregory A. Freeman
Sailor--Write Your Mother
by Frank Herbert Spittle
The Saltiest Ship in the Fleet
by John Kieft
Scars of the Square Needle
by Pierre R. Beaumier
School of Hard Knots: A Citizen Sailor Goes to Sea

by Henry H. Abernathy, Jr.
Scurvy Dogs, Green Water and Gunsmoke Volume I & Volume II

edited by Bob Cohen and Terry Miller
Sea Stories--The "Tin Can" Navy From Korea to the Cold War

 by Archie T. Miller
Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945

by Evan Thomas
Shadow Divers
by Robert Kurson
Shadows on the Horizon
by Winthrop A. Haskell
  Sheppard of the Argonne
by G. William Weatherly
Shepherds of the Sea: Destroyer Escorts in World War II

by Robert F. Cross
Ship of Ghosts
by James D. Hornfischer
South Pacific Destroyer: The Battle for the Solomons from Savo Island to Vella Gulf

by Russell Sydnor Crenshaw, Jr.
Southern Redfeet  
by Charlie Stephen Nelson, Sr.
Splashdown! NASA and the Navy

by Don Blair
Standing into Danger
by Cassie Brown
Steel Boat, Iron Hearts – A U-Boat Crewman’s Life Aboard U-505

by Hans Goebeler with John Vanzo
Steve McQueen Would Be Proud

by Steve Mitchell
by Jack Haberstroh, Ph.D.
Swabby II
by Jack Haberstroh, Ph.D.
Sweepers Sweepers Man Your Brooms

by Jeff Zahratka
Tales from a Tin Can
by Michael Keith Olson
Ted: The Life of a Navy Man
by William E. Thedford
Tempest, Fire and Foe Destroyer Escorts in WWII and the Men Who Manned Them

by Lewis M. Andrews Jr.
Three Years Aboard a Navy Destroyer

by Otis Ted Holly
They Say There Was a War

by Richard David Wissolik, Director & General Editor
This is Latch The Story of
Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffman

by Weymouth D. Symmes

Three Minutes Off Okinawa

by Roy S. Andersen

Thunder in the Night a Sailor's Perspective on Viet Nam

by Raymond S. Kopp
Thunder and Storm:
The Haverfield Incident

by Rick Ainsworth
  Tin Can & Fiske Tales
  by G.E. Beyer
Tin Can 367 Dedicated to the Crew of the Lamson 1936-1946

Compiled and edited by Richard A. Phelan, its engineering officer
Tin Can Man
by Emory J. Jernigan
To War in a Tin Can
by James H. Patric
The Trident Deception
by Rick Campbell
U.S. Destroyers 1934-45: Pre-War Classes

by Dave McComb
U.S. Destroyers--Revised Edition;
An Illustrated Design History

by Norman Friedman with Ship Plans
by A.D. Baker III
U.S. Destroyers 1942-45:
Wartime Classes

by Dave McComb, Illustrated by Paul Wright
U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War:
An Illustrated History

by Edward J. Marolda
USS Kidd (DD-661)
by Robert F. Sumrall
A View from the Deckplates
by George J. Chambers
When Duty Whispers Low

by John Gobbell
War to Peace

by Peter F. Villano
The Woodchuck 1943:
The Slot and the Karate Shootout

by Phil Shivell
Wooden Ships and Iron Men

by Cdr. David D. Bruhn
WWII in the Gulf of Mexico
by C.J. Christ