The subjects of Franklin's superior monograph constituted the most numerous class of U.S. Navy destroyer escorts during World War II. More than 150 were built, and they served in several allies' navies (some 50 in the British) in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. They fought long and hard, taking and inflicting heavy casualties in antisubmarine warfare. Later they survived the kamikazes off Okinawa. Many, rearmed or converted into destroyer transports, were still serving in friendly Third World navies 30 years after their launching. Franklin has comprehensively researched the book, and the effort has elicited much new and useful information, such as the design compromises that shortages of materials and facilities forced on even the lavish U.S. wartime production machine. Graphic material includes comprehensive plans as well as illustrations of most ships of the class. Lovers of World War II ships will accord Franklin and the publisher a hearty "Well done." Roland Green
A winner. The details in this book reflect exhaustive and accurate research. Franklin has done an excellent job of collecting information and presenting it in an effective manner. The book will have great appeal to DESA and DECO members, libraries, modelers, and historians. There is no comparable book in the field. -- Rear Adm. Sheldon Kinney, USN, Ret.
An excellent history and detailed description of these important warships. The photos and notes are superb. -- Norman Polmar, Almanac of Seapower 2000
An exemplary contribution that provides an attractive model for further studies of major warship programs during World War II. -- Phillip K. Lundeberg, Curator emeritus of naval history, Smithsonian Institution
The Buckley class contained a number of ships that made history, and whose names will be familiar to many readers, but all members of the class should be remembered. This excellent book deserves the attention of every naval history enthusiast, for it contains much material that will be new to even the expert. It also sets a standard that future books on warship classes will have to work hard to equal. -- Warship International, No. 3, 1999
The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts is a must-have if you're modeling one, served aboard them, or love to read about warships. -- Ships in Scale, Nov/Dec 1999
This excellent and well produced book reviews the design and construction of the second largest class of major combatants in the U.S. Navy. In addition, the Buckley-class destroyer escorts provide the greatest number of warships to the United Kingdom under the terms of Lend-Lease. In Part I of this volume, the author outlines the origin, design, armament, conversion programmes, and service history. Part II contains the only complete photographic record of all 154 Buckley-class destroyer escorts and their variants. The book is completed by six appendices. These appendices contain a large amount of information which adds to the value of this comprehensively researched book. This volume will appeal to all warship enthusiasts and modellers and is highly recommended. -- Warship World, Autumn 1999