US Destroyer
An Illustrated Design History
By Norman Friedman
One of my favorite reference books is this book by noted Naval author Norman Friedman. This one covers the United States Destroyers from the earliest torpedo boats to the Spuane Class. Note only does it cover the various destroyer classes, but it also covers the various design concepts that were never built.

There are chapters on the wartime development and upgrades that some of the Destroyer received. Plenty of wonderful drawings by A. D. Baker III show the ships and how they compared to each other. The book not only discusses how Destroyers developed, but also why they the developed as they did.

I think this book is now out of print, but can still be found at some book stores. If you find a copy, buy it. 

ISBN 0-87021-733-X.