This timely volume, by the former Commandant of the Imperial Defense College and the Naval War College, is one of the important books of the year. From a long sea experience and from a knowledge of naval history and politics second only, perhaps, to Mahan's, Admiral Richmond surveys the present threatening situation in direct and forceful fashion. His opinion is that the essential function of a navy can be carried out at far less cost and with far less likelihood of international friction than is commonly admitted. No one pretending to hold clear views on the naval problem can disregard this volume.
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