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Featured Books—February 2017 Issue


Rough Waters: Sovereignty and the
American Merchant Flag


By Rodney Carlisle
Hardback. 304 pp. Naval Institute Press. $31.95


Carlisle traces the evolution of the role of the U.S. merchant ship flag, and the U.S. merchant fleet itself. He looks at conduct and commerce at sea from the earliest days of the country, when battles at sea were fought over honor and the flag, to the current American-owned merchant fleet sailing under flags of convenience via foreign registries. The worldwide use, legality and continued acceptance of this practice is examined, as well as measures to offset its ill effects.

Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: An
Ambitious and Uncertain Course


By Andrew S. Erickson
Hardback. 376 pp. Naval Institute Press. $39.95


What are China’s prospects for success in key areas of naval shipbuilding? What are the likely results for China’s Navy? What are the implications for the U.S. Navy? To address these critical, complex issues, this book brings together some of the world’s leading experts and linguistic analysts, often pairing them in research teams. These professionals have commanded ships at sea, led shipbuilding programs ashore, toured Chinese vessels and production facilities, invested in Chinese shipyards and advised others in their investment, and analyzed and presented important data to top-level decision makers in times of crisis. This book fills a key gap in our understanding of China, its shipbuilding, its navy, and what it all means.

Hydrodynamic Control of Wave Energy Devices:
First Edition


By Umesh A. Korde, John V. Ringwood
Hardback. 381 pp. Cambridge University Press. $125


The appropriate design of wave energy device technology is crucial in the effort to make wave energy economic. This book shows how control techniques can be best applied to maximize converted power, while also considering the interplay with other design features, such as device geometry optimization and array layout optimization.


China’s Quest for Great Power:
Ships, Oil, and Foreign Policy


By Bernard D. Cole
Hardback. 320 pp. Naval Institute Press. $34.95
Hardback. 200 pp. University Press of Florida. $34.95


China’s relationship with the United States is vital to both countries and to the world. The relationship is based on both common and divergent interests in economics, military operations, and political goals and methods. Beijing is approximately halfway toward its midcentury goal of deploying a navy capable of defending China’s perceived maritime interests. This book examines China’s national security strategy by looking at the three major elements: foreign policy, energy security and naval power; all interactive and major influences on China’s future and its relations with the United States.



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