Tin Cans & Greyhounds by Clint Johnson tells the true story of US destroyers and how they developed from WWI through WWII. These ships could escort & protect other ships, protect ships in battle, perform rescues saving countless sailor lives; and put on a great offense firing torpedoes, hedgehogs, and depth charges.
Although the US did not invent the destroyer, the British did beginning as torpedo boats in 1874 and developing from there slowly into what we know them as today.
The Japanese would improve upon on these great ships, but it was the US who perfected the use of destroyers. Germany who also used destroyers was unable use them as effectively as they did u-boats.
Also, Johnson packs a lot of history into a book that is only 262 pages long. Johnson with words paints good pictures in the reader’s mind of each destroyers battles (defensive & offensive); the courage of their crews, officers, and captains.
I really like this book and finally, in the appendix Johnson lists on two pages where the reader can go to visit the USS Kidd, The USS The Sullivans, The USS Cassin Young, The USS Laffey, The USS Slater, and the USS Stewart.