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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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Tanker Register 2008
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

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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East Coast Pilot: Lowestoft to Ramsgate
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Colin Jarman, Garth Cooper and Dick Holness
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

In this case the East Coast means the east coast of the southern part of England. It is a very popular leisure boating area that is dotted with commercial ports, naval bases and fishing harbours.

Describing a rather quaint, fascinating and pleasant part of the world, this is the second edition of the book and it has obviously been a labour of love on the part of its three very enthusiastic and competent authors.

Produced in the usual clear, practical and no-nonsense style of all the Imray Laurie Norie pilots, it is another of the group published in association with The Cruising Association.

A mouth watering guide to a picturesque and fascinating part of the world.

Ordering Information:

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


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