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The United States Navy in the Pacific 1909-1922
Monday, 19 May 2008 15:08

Author: William R. Braisted
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

This is the companion volume to the similarly titled book covering the period 1897-1909. Equally carefully researched and just as important, the Naval Institute Press is to be congratulated for re-releasing it 37 years after its first publication.

Extensively researched and documented, it is probably even more valuable now than when first written in 1966. Its primary theme was the influence of the US Navy on American foreign policy in the period described.

An important and still relevant sub-theme was the description of the US Navy’s preparation for what it saw quite early as the inevitability of war with Japan.

While a lot of contemporary thinking about Japan was of the wishful kind, there were enough “hard heads” connected with the Navy to ensure that a realistic approach mostly prevailed.

Given America’s recent diplomatic and military misadventures in the Middle East, a re-examination of these books by “the powers that” be would be timely. A re-examination, too, of China and other Asian nations’ concerns about modern Japan could also be rewarding on the same basis.

Ordering Information:

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


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The United States Navy in the Pacific 1897-1909
Monday, 19 May 2008 15:08

Author: William R. Braisted
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

Another timely re-release by Naval Institute Press of a very important classic of naval history. This is one of a pair by the same author covering the period 1897-1922 – a very eventful quarter of a century.

This volume was first published in 1958 and, among other things, was intended to show the contemporary US Navy’s influence on America’s foreign policy. What it also shows, very, importantly and clearly, was the US Navy’s patient preparation for what many of its senior (and junior) people saw as an inevitable war with Japan.

Another side current that becomes obvious is the perfidy of the British and the Atlantic centric views of much of the Royal Navy and that country’s politicians.

The NIP is to be praised for re-releasing this and its companion volume describing 1909-1922 at this point. It will repay careful study against the current strategic realities.

Prescient.

Ordering Information:

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


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Gas Carrier Register 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008 15:08

Publisher: Clarksons Research Services

From Baird Maritime:

These brilliant directories compiled by the research arm of the world’s largest and best known ship broking outfit are now available.

Clarksons Research Services never rests on its laurels. Every year these always excellent directories are improved at least slightly.

This year, 2008, is no exception. All the Registers have been thoroughly updated and extensively revised. They are accurate and incredibly useful. They even contain a very thought provoking market summary. Each is provided in print format with an easily manipulable CD Rom enclosed.

Better than ever.

Ordering Information:

Clarksons Research Services
London, UK
Web: www.crsl.com


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Total Loss - Dramatic First-Hand Accounts of Yacht Losses at Sea
Monday, 19 May 2008 15:08

Author: Paul Gelder
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical

From Baird Maritime:

As this useful little book’s promotional “blurb” states: “Why make mistakes, when you can learn from the hard-won lessons of others?”

Why, indeed, when you can have a book like this which can be studied in the comfort and warmth of your own home? The book’s 38 clear and concise case studies provide a wide range of causes and effects of loss of a vessel.

In this case, all the vessels are yachts but their losses occurred in such a wide range of locations and circumstances as to be equally instructive to both yachtsmen and commercial mariners.

As can be expected, some of the incidents described are the result of bad luck or accident but most were due ultimately to human error. As seems to be the norm with yacht accidents compared with those involving commercial craft, the yachts have a somewhat lower incidence of human error. Perhaps the professionals suffer from a problem of familiarity breeding contempt?

Whatever, it is a well written, lively and instructive little book of equal interest to mariners of both stripes.

Ordering Information:

Adlard Coles Nautical
London, UK
Web: www.adlardcoles.com


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Cruising Guide to Southeast Asia: Volume I – South China Sea, Philippines, Gulf of Thailand to Singapore
Monday, 19 May 2008 15:08

Authors: Stephen Davies & Elaine Morgan

From Baird Maritime:

Despite the highly over-wrought horror stories of piracy, tsunamis, pollution and corruption, cruising – both private and commercial – is becoming increasingly popular in South East Asia.

This very useful and well presented cruising guide should help make it even more so. Produced by a well known and experienced pair of enthusiasts, it certainly whets the appetite.

Approximately a third of the book comprises a “Planning Guide”. This is general advice applicable to most of the region. It is very useful and carefully explained. The remainder is more of a traditional but very enticing pilot.

Anyone venturing into this exciting and increasingly accessible region should purchase a copy of this valuable guide and study it carefully well in advance.

Ordering Information:

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


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