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The Terrorist Perspectives Project: Strategic and Operational Views of al Qaida and Associated Movements
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Mark E Stout, Jessica M Huckabey, John R Schindler with Jim Lacey
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

This quite fascinating book describes a project to get inside the minds of Osama bin Laden and his colleagues at the head of the al Qaida movement.

The project was undertaken by the Institute for Defence Analysis for the US Joint Service Command. It was a useful approach and attempt to understand the hows and whys of al Qaida and the wider Salafi jihadists who has successfully targeted the United States and its outposts for some years.

The objective of the project team was to truly “know your enemy” and to know him in the most realistic possible way.

While the authorial team have undoubtedly largely achieved that objective, it is unfortunate that their valuable work has not been more widely dispersed and accepted.

Ordering Information:

Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA
Web: www.nip.org


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The Inland Waterways of Ireland
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Jane Cumberlidge
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

Most people know that Ireland is a very wet country. Few know, however, that such wetness serves a number of useful purposes.

Apart from causing the grass – and other crops – to grow, it it fills a number of natural and man-made waterways that crisscross the country. This has blessed Ireland with a unique abundance of inland waterways.

This detailed and very useful pilot is aimed at leisure boat people. Nevertheless, there is actual and considerable potential in Ireland for commercial marine activity of many kinds.

Inspiringly, the author mentions the restoration of some, old, long-neglected commercial waterways. There has been a limited but similar trend in England and parts of France. Hopefully, the idea will spread – anything to get trucks off the roads!

A wonderful cruising area with much more to offer and all well described.

Ordering Information:

Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson
St Ives, UK
Web: www.imray.com


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China's Energy Strategy: The Impact on Beijing’s Maritime Policies
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Editor: Gabriel B Collins, Andrew S Erickson, Lyle J Goldstein and William S Murray
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

Given the self-destructive belligerence of too many of America’s politicians, it is a relief to read a mass of carefully considered common sense such as is contained in this fine book.

It is refreshing to be reminded that so many of America’s military, especially naval, intellectuals can be so clear headed and rational.

Much conventional American wisdom on China seems to be founded on the country’s unfortunate experience with Japan nearly seven decades ago. The fact, as this book explores, is that China is not Japan. It certainly suffers from similar resources shortages as inspired The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere but its situation and approach to solutions is completely different.

Defence planners and warriors who are currently or likely to be involved with the Indo-Pacific regions should study this book very carefully.

Ordering Information:

Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA
Web: www.nip.org


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The Naval Aristocracy: The Golden Age of Annapolis and the Emergence of Modern American Navalism
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Peter Karsten
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

Navies are very traditional institutions and none more so than that of the United States.

These traditions and the phenomenon of the “naval mind” form the philosophical core and the continuity of such institutions.

This still very relevant book was first published in 1972 and the Naval Institute Press has had the good sense to reprint it as a paperback recently.

Describing the haute bourgeois origins of the bulk of the US Navy officer cohort from the Civil War until the Second World War, the book explains the cohesion of the core of that Navy.

While officers have been sourced much more widely since the 1940s, the core has remained. Officer cadets from less privileged backgrounds have adopted the mannerisms and philosophical approaches of their predecessors.

The standards have been set and they continue to provide a cohesive, substantive basis for the ongoing operation of this very powerful organisation.

Ordering Information:

Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA
Web: www.nip.org


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Cruising Bulgaria and Romania
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Nicky Alladrice
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie and Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

A very recent 2007 cruising guide or pilot to this most interesting part of the world.

Probably thanks to Bram Stoker and his Dracula and the myths of Transylvania, the region described has a dark and mysterious reputation. It is, in fact, thanks to constant wars and migration, a very cosmopolitan place.

It is also, despite its recent connection with the EU, a very poor part of the world. It is only just emerging now from the dead hand of forty-five years or so of communism.

This makes it particularly interesting as does its bisection by the mighty Danube and its position on the Black Sea coast. All of this is brilliantly, if briefly, described in this very up-to-date and high quality cruising guide.

Very enticing.

Ordering Information:

Imray Laurie Norie and Wilson
Huntingdon, UK
Web: www.imray.com


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