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The Danube: A River Guide
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Rod Heikell
Publisher: Imra, Laurie, Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

It’s hard to believe now that the old Soviet bloc ever existed. This 1991 publication, however, brings it all back.

Although published at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union, it still contains much that is redolent of that era. In that sense, it is probably not now a very accurate guide to this most important of rivers.

It was also published prior to the completion of the Rhine – Main – Danube Canal and, obviously, well before the collapse of the Yugoslav Federation. So it is a most interesting historic document.

As such it still provides a very useful guide to the current Danube. The author is a great enthusiast for the river and the countries through which it runs. That enthusiasm is contagious.

This Pilot may be outdated but it is still both fascinating and valuable.

Ordering Information:

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


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The Collins Class Submarine Story: Steel, Spies and Spin
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Peter Yule and Derek Woolner
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

From Baird Maritime:

Most major Australian Defence procurement projects are controversial just as they are in most democracies. They involve vast sums of money together with a mix of political interference, bureaucratic bungling and, often, supplier greed.

The Collins Class submarine project, therefore, was little different. It just seemed to dribble on for a long time and involved an unusually large amount of money.

The final result, though, was probably much better than most participants, except a handful of true believers, ever expected. The final product exceeded most expectations and was delivered for less cost than most anticipated.

This highly detailed and very readable book describes the whole process brilliantly. It is a first rate text for anyone interested in business, politics, defence, shipbuilding and project management. The potential audience is vast.

Very highly recommended.

Ordering Information:

Cambridge University Press
Port Melbourne, Australia
Web: www.cambridge.org


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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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