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Ship Stability
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Authors: Klass Van Dokkum, Hand Ten Katen, Kees Koomen, Jakob Pinkster
Publisher: Dokmar Maritime Publishers

From Baird Maritime:

Produced in the same brilliantly clear and concise form as the other parts of the Dokmar triptych of nautical textbooks, “Ship Knowledge” and “The Colregs Guide”, this is of equally high standard.

Accompanied by the inevitable but useful CD Rom of the same content it is very much of the new breed of textbooks. It is a pleasure to read, so different from the turgid stuff studied by this reviewer when he was being taught matters maritime.

The contributions of the four authors are seamless and the style has not in anyway been compromised by the involvement of such a large crew.

Stability is a vital and very wide-ranging subject. It is made both clear and interesting in this first rate book.

Ordering Information:

Dokmar Maritime Publishers
Enkhuizen, The Netherlands

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Sharks Of The Pacific Northwest: Including Oregon, Washington, British Columbia to Alaska
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Alessandro Dmaddalena, Antonella Preti & Tarik Polansky
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

The always prolific and classy marine publisher, Harbour Publishing of Vancouver is responsible for this brief but high quality handbook describing all the major shark species of the region.

Many people do not normally associate sharks with the cold waters which are the norm in the Pacific Northwest. As the authors very clearly show, this is a dangerously false assumption.

While numerous harmless species of sharks inhabit the area, there are plenty such as great whites, salmon sharks, makos and others that can be dangerous.

This brilliantly illustrated book briefly describes all of them.

Ordering Information:

Harbour Publishing
Madeira Park, Canada

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The War Managers: Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:56

Author: Douglas Kinnard
Publisher: The Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

The Naval Institute Press continues to tread bravely where others fear to go. Its bravery has been particularly obvious during the poisonous, witch-hunting atmosphere that has pervaded the United States for much of the time since September 11, 2001.

That the mood has changed more recently is in no small measure due to the dissenting voices that have been supported by NIP. They have significantly helped a return to rationality in the political and strategic debate taking place in Washington.

The fact that this enormously important book has so obviously been ignored by the current administration, despite its 30 illustrious editions, is tragic. Its assessment of America’s Vietnam War effort is devastating.

Given recent history, it is now all the more imperative that it be read and understood by all warriors and politicians and not just the warrior intellectuals who benefit from the products of Naval Institute Press.

Ordering Information:

The Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA

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West Coast Support Group: Task Group 96.8 Korea 1950-1953
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:54

Author: M.P. Cocker
Publisher: Whittles Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

History may often repeat itself but it can equally be said that every war is different and every example of naval participation different again.

The Korean War, perhaps because it occurred so soon after the Second World War, has become something of a “forgotten war”, particularly in the naval sense. This useful little book, however, presents a lot of valuable facts that help to put the Korean War into context.

As the first United Nations War, the Korean War involved a vast array of nations that supported the UN’s aim of preventing the conquest of South Korea by communist backed supporters of the North.

This book describes the disparate but co-ordinated group of British Commonwealth, Thai, Danish, French, Dutch and Colombian warships that proved so effective in support of the US Navy in Korea.

An important slice of naval history well recorded.

Ordering Information:

Whittles Publishing
Caithness, UK
Belrose, Australia

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A Man of Intelligence: The Life of Captain Eric Nave Australian Codebreaker Extraordinary
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:52

Author: Ian Pfennigwerth
Publisher: Rosenberg Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

A first rate biography of a fascinating man. Eric Nave was one of those rare and different people who are on very rare occasions allowed to flourish in a Navy. He was, as the author states, good at being in the right place at the right time.

As one of the very few Australian officers to speak and understand Japanese before World War II, that War could be said to have been made for him. His vast intelligence also ensured his employment early in the war as a “codebreaker”. At that he was particularly successful. He seemed almost able to understand what the Japanese were thinking, a rare gift.

Because Nave moved from the RAN to the RN and back during the early part of his career, he perhaps received less recognition than he deserved.

This fascinating book redresses that balance considerably.

Ordering Information:

Rosenberg Publishing
Kenthurst, Australia

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