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China’s Future Nuclear Submarine Force
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:19

Edited by Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, William S. Murray, And Andrew R. Wilson
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

With China’s inexorable commercial growth and resultant financial power, attention is turning to the country’s defensive and offensive capabilities.

The People’s Liberation Army Navy has recently begun to publicly flex its fast developing muscles. This carefully researched and analysed book comprises a number of uniformly well written essays which look at this phenomenon and many of the important details of it.

While very clearly written from an American perspective, the book, nevertheless, provides the reader with an excellent overview of Chinese naval developments in the first decade of the new millennium. It focuses on nuclear powered and armed submarines but, usefully, analyses them in a much broader context.

A valuable study.

Ordering Information:

Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA

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Cochrane The Dauntless: The Life and Adventures of Thomas Cochrane
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:18

Author: David Cordingly
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

Not as well known as Nelson but of the same era, Lord Cochrane was longer lived and far wider ranging.

Cochrane was the model for Patrick O’Brien’s Jack Aubrey character. Even those masterful novel’s failed to outshine the reality of Cochrane’s long and amazing life.

This brilliant biography does its subject justice. Extensively researched, exceptionally well illustrated and meticulously indexed, the book is a masterpiece of naval history.

Cochrane is something of a hidden gem as far as British naval heroes go. This book goes a long way towards polishing that gem for the reader to enjoy.

A wonderful life brilliantly described.

Ordering Information:

Bloomsbury Publishing
London, UK
Allen & Unwin
Crows Nest, Australia

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Grenada to the Virgin Islands: A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:16

Author: Jacques Patuelli
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

Another of the brilliant Imray cruising guides or pilots. This one benefits further from being a rather more polished second edition.

This one meticulously describes the north Atlantic’s favourite cruising grounds. Beautifully photographed and precisely mapped, if not charted, it is hard to imagine a more detailed approach to such a work. It even gives advice as to local restaurants, bars, chandleries and providores.

As a denizen of the southern hemisphere and so being more familiar with the relatively unpopulated seas of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, this reviewer was rather put off by the crowds of people and boats shown. That is a purely personal preference, of course.

Whatever, if you are cruising the lesser Antilles for either commercial or leisure reasons, or both, this book will be indispensable.

Ordering Information:

Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson
St Ives, UK

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A Civilian’s Guide to the U.S. Military: A Comprehensive Reference to the Customs, Language and Structure of the Armed Forces
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:14

Author: Barbara Schading, Ph.D. with Richard Schading, U.S.M.C. & Major Virginia Slayton, U.S. Navy, RET
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books

From Baird Maritime:
Anyone wishing to do business with or in any way relate or react to the US Military would be well advised to learn how it works. You can only partially do that by watching movies.

This very useful and amazingly wide ranging book provides a very good overview of the workings of the broad sweep of that enormous organisation. It explains the arcane terminology and some of the very strange habits and traditions of the military.

While of enormous value to civilians and outsiders generally, it would be nearly as useful to recent recruits or those in one branch of the establishment who wish to find out how the other branches work.

A very useful and valuable guide.

Ordering Information:

Writer’s Digest Books
Cincinatti, USA

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Cost Standards for Dredging Equipment
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:13

Author: R.N. Bray
Publisher: CIRIA

From Baird Maritime:

Produced by CIRIA, a London based research institution, this most interesting little book is apparently one of a series focusing on various different sectors of the construction industry.

Carefully researched and clearly presented, it provides a very useful model that could be well applied to many other sectors of the maritime industry.

Basically, it describes the dredging sector and the vessels and equipment that it uses. Then it analyses the costs of purchasing and operating that equipment in a wide range of circumstances.

All very well done and an inspiration to cost accountants and managers of companies that own other kinds of vessels such as tugs, OSVs and ferries, among others.

Ordering Information:

London, UK

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