In This Review

Navies and Nations
Navies and Nations
By Hector Bywater
Houghton Mifflin, 1927, 292 pp

This is one of the outstanding books of the last few months, and, in view of the Geneva Conference, could hardly have been more timely. Mr. Bywater, who is a recognized writer on naval problems, here surveys the developments that have taken place since the Washington Treaties and examines the political needs which the various nations may advance in favor of larger naval armaments. While admitting that in many cases nations have cause for apprehension, the writer comes to the conclusion that none of the great powers need really fear aggression and that the obstacles to disarmament are by no means insuperable. The argument, based upon an almost unrivalled knowledge of the facts and figures, is forcefully presented, and the book can be highly recommended to those who have found themselves lost in the mists of propaganda.