Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SEA POWER by Admiral James Stavridis

The Earth is mostly covered by water, and while driving the weather the ocean is the staging area for geopolitical disputes over borders, climate change, fishing, pollution, and nuclear weapons. As former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, Admiral James Stavridis looks at the history of the oceans from the point of view of the military, yet not neglecting the science. In SEA POWER, he shows how the geography of the oceans have shaped the destiny of nations, including our own (with a vast coastline that many nations do not possess.) From the battles of Salamis and Lepanto through to Trafalgar, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the submarine conflicts of the Cold War, he examines piracy and why the Arctic is the next hot spot for dominance, with melting ice giving access to new opportunities for exploitation of natural resources by the Russians. A fascinating overview of history that makes for educational listening. Narrator Marc Cashman is a veteran voice actor whose experience extends from radio, T V, and video games to coaching others on technique. Stavridis has commanded destroyers and a carrier strike group in combat. Currently he is dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

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