This revised edition contains some well-argued views of British sea power, or lack of it. There are some good colour images in illustration, but it has to be questioned whether any review of British naval power is likely to match the later realities. Under the Coalition Government there have been extraordinary cuts in British military capability, appeasement of Russian aggression, confusion about wars of intervention, massive increases in grant aid to dictators and corrupt nations, and yet when it suits a British Prime Minister to appear ‘presidential’ British service men and women are merrily thrown into new conflict somewhere in the world at a time when international relations are volatile in the extreme.
The level of political and military upheaval produces more potential alternative scenarios than at any time in the last five hundred years. The author has therefore been very brave to attempt a thorough review at this stage in the unfolding situation.