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Featured Books—August 2017 Issue

Fire on the Water: China, America,
and the Future of the Pacific

By Robert Haddick
Hardcover. 288 pp. Naval Institute Press. $37.95

Robert Haddick contends that much of the general public and many U.S. policy experts are unaware of the threat that China’s military modernization poses to America’s national interests in the Asia-Pacific region. He believes that within a decade China will have the military power to place U.S. influence throughout East Asia at risk. To avoid a future crisis, the U.S. needs to fashion a more competitive strategy, one that better matches the strengths of the United States and its allies against China’s vulnerabilities. The U.S. forward military presence in East Asia is essential to protecting America’s standard of living, its strategic interests and the region’s stability, according to the author.

Fostering Internationalism through
Marine Science

By Sara Tjossem
Hardcover. 160 pp. Springer Nature. $129.00

This book describes the work of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) since its launch in 1992. Mapping the evolution of its agenda gives insight into the development of modern marine science in the context of competing demands of stakeholders within and outside the organization. Chapters explore the pros and cons of national versus international science; negotiating the nature of investigation and cooperation across scientific, political and institutional boundaries in the region; and national perspectives on purpose, scope and mandates.

Investigating Seafloors and Oceans:
From Mud Volcanoes to Giant Squid

By Antony Joseph
Paperback. 612 pp. Elsevier. $150

Offering a bottom-to-top tour of the world’s oceans, this book exposes the secrets hidden therein from a variety of scientific perspectives. Opening with a discussion of the Earth’s formation, hot spots, ridges, plate tectonics, submarine trenches and cold seeps, the text goes on to address such topics as the role of oceans in the origin of life, tidal bore, thermal effects, ecosystem services, marine creatures, and nutraceutical and pharmaceutical resources.

Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics
of the World’s Oceans

By Admiral James Stavridis (U.S. Navy, retired)
Hardcover. 384 pp. Penguin Press. $28.00

This naval history by the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO gives fresh insight into great naval engagements from the battles of Salamis and Lepanto through to Trafalgar, the Battle of the Atlantic and submarine conflicts of the Cold War. It addresses the likely sites of the next major naval conflicts, particularly the Arctic Ocean, Eastern Mediterranean and the South China Sea. It takes a holistic view of ocean problems, from piracy to pollution.

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