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CHINESE NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION
How Global Politics is Transforming
China’s Weapons Buildup and
By Susan Turner Haynes
A useful, thought provoking and insightful
little book on the very topical “China question” by a Chinese
speaking American academic. It dra ws from a vast tro ve of
pri mary source material written in the original Chinese.
The author’s analysis and interpretation of the content of
those documents is thoughtful and valuable. It provides the
reader with excellent insights into current Chinese defence
thinking and discusses and predicts the likely actions that are or
will flow from that.
Given the belligerently anti-Chinese comments made
recently by newly elected President Trump, the book has
tremendous prese nt value for anyone interested in the realities
of the vital American/Chinese geopolitical situation. Equally
valuably, it also examines China’s relationships with all of its
For a foreigner, the author has been very effectively able to
get inside the minds of China’s defence planners and policy
makers. This ensures that her book is of considerable value to
those who are similarly involved outside China. Another book
that would be profitably read by President Trump and his
advisors. It is a great pity that it probably will not be.
Available from Potomac Books, Nebraska, USA.
RETHINKING THE OCEANS
Towards the Blue Economy
By JAMES ALIX MICHEL
It is unfortunately all too rare to find a
politician who is genuinely interested in
matters maritime. It is even rarer to find one
who is passionately so interested and who actually knows
what he is talking about.
That is why it has been a great and unexpected pleasure to
r ead this excellent book by the recently retired President of the
Republic of Seychelles. He thoroughly understands his subject
and describes it very well.
President Michel is a very strong supporter of the concept of
the “Blue Economy” which, esse ntially, e nvisions the long-term
economic and environmental sustainability of the sea. He not
only advocates the concept but, v ery articulately, describes how
that sustainability can be achieved.
Born and brought up in the tropical island paradise of the
Seychelles he appreciates his and his country men’s good fortune
and also their vulnerability. He understands that their fortune
w ill always require careful stewardship as will that of the people
of other islands and other coastal nations. He knows, too, how
important the oceans are to all the people of our “Blue Planet”
for the long term.
This wide-ranging and very far-sighted book accurately and
simply describes the current situation of the oceans and the
problems facing them. The author, however, is positive and
confident that if the correct approaches are universally taken,
the oceans can be cleaned, protected and sustainably utilised for
the great long-term benefit of mankind.
A wonderful book that should be read and digested by all
politicians and anyone with any kind of interest in the sea.
Available from Paragon House, St Paul, USA.
BRITISH NAVAL BATTLES
By JOHN D. GRAINGER
As might be imagined, this is a very thick and
densely printed book. It covers all known British
naval battles and the vessels that participated in
them. There are many of them.
A very comprehensive and useful book providing brief
descriptions of all the recorded actions, no matter how minor, it
has required enormous amounts of research on the part of an
obviously obsessive historian.
Benefiting from an extensive and very effectively cross-
referenced index, the book also lists an equally extensive and very
valuable bibliography. They make it especially useful.
While being presented in the form of a dictionary or
encyclopedia, the very pithy descriptions of Britain’s battles, ships
and boats make for a very interesting and enjoyable “cover to
Highly recommended to all who are interested in naval history.
Hopefully, it will inspire something similar from the French and
the Americans at least.
Available from Boydell Press, Woodbridge, UK.
OLD SEA DOGS OF TASMANIA (Book 2)
Stories and Photographs from the
By ANDREW WILSON
This is the third big and beautiful book of
photographs and text describing the coasts, coastal people, and
boats of Australia’s “island state” of Tasmania, that has been
written, photographed and produced by Andrew Wilson.
It is clearly a “labour of love” in that it has consumed an
enormous amount of work and inspiration that is unlikely to provide
him with much profit. In short, its quality is probably too high for
Whatever, for anyone who has lived in or visited Tasmania, it is a
delight to read and further peruse on the coffee table. It captures the
place and its seagoing people brilliantly. Tasmania can be
astoundingly beautiful even if, at times, somewhat cool. Its people
are often charmingly different.
Tasmania is rather re-inventing itself by promoting its maritime
heritage with its brilliant Wooden Boat Festival that is well described
in this book. The festival has become so popular that all
accommodation in Hobart, the capital, is booked out for months
ahead of the week during which it runs. Visitors come from all over
world to participate and soak up the atmosphere of Hobart, its
waterfront and nearby coasts.
If you can’t get to Hobart for the WBF, at least buy a copy of this
book that so brilliantly evokes maritime Tasmania.
Available from Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.
Web: www.oldseadogs.com .au
Tales of the Clipper Ship Loch Sloy 1878-1899
By PAUL W SIMPSON
A most unusual but fascinating history of a
workhorse ship of the late nineteenth century
whose main claim to fame was the manner of its
demise. That occurred during the dark and stormy night of
April 24, 1899 at Maupertuis Bay on Kangaroo Island off South
The author has compiled, summarised and reproduced an
enormous amount of information about the ship, its voyages, its
crew, its passengers and its cargoes. His historical detective work is
very impressive. Through it, he brings to life many of the
personalities involved in many ways with the ship and its
The tale will be of interest to maritime historians and clipper ship
“tragics” alike. There is much to learn from it and not just about this
one particular ship.
Available from Clippership Press, Adelaide, Australia.
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