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Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans
by James Stavridis
From one of the most admired admirals of his generation—and the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO—comes a remarkable voyage through all of the world’s most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path.
From the time of the Greeks and the Persians clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power. To an extent that is often underappreciated, it still does. No one understands this better than Admiral Jim Stavridis. In Sea Power, Admiral Stavridis takes us with him on a tour of the world’s oceans from the admiral’s chair, showing us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destiny of nations, and how naval power has in a real sense made the world we live in today, and will shape the world we live in tomorrow.
Not least, Sea Power is marvelous naval history, giving us 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 is also a keen-eyed reckoning with the likely sites of our next major naval conflicts, particularly the Arctic Ocean, Eastern Mediterranean, and the South China Sea. Finally, Sea Power steps back to take a holistic view of the plagues to our oceans that are best seen that way, from piracy to pollution.
When most of us look at a globe, we focus on the shape of the of the seven continents. Admiral Stavridis sees the shapes of the seven seas. After reading Sea Power, you will too. Not since Alfred Thayer Mahan’s legendary The Influence of Sea Power upon History have we had such a powerful reckoning with this vital subject.
About the Author
Adm. Jim Stavridis, USN (Ret.) is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who spent over 35 years on active service in the Navy. He commanded destroyers and a carrier strike group in combat and served for seven years as a four-star admiral, including nearly four years as the first Navy officer chosen as Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO. After retiring from the Navy he was named the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2013. He has written articles on global security issues for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.
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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:
WHAT IN THE WORLD? QUIZ
Week of May 28-June 3, 2017
1. A suicide attack at a concert in THIS English city killed 22 and left dozens injured. In response, Prime Minister Theresa May raised the UK’s terror threat level to “critical”:
Correct answer: C. Manchester
2. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in THIS province in an effort to quell insurgents:
Correct answer: A. Mindanao
3. Monsoon rains caused flooding and mudslides that have killed at least 103 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more in THIS island nation:
D. Sri Lanka
Correct answer: D. Sri Lanka
4. Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza’s initiative to bring about order and “moralize” society requires that Burundians do THIS:
A. Report all acts of dishonesty
B. Marry if they are co-habitating
C. Stop gambling
D. Take an oath to pay taxes
Correct answer: B. Marry if they are cohabitating
5. Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered airstrikes on camps in THIS country, believed to be training grounds for the gunmen who opened fire on buses of Coptic Christians headed to mass in Egypt:
Correct answer: A. Libya
6. Facing growing public protests against a scandal-ridden government, the president of Brazil deployed troops to contain the crowds of demonstrators, but ended the deployment when it was met with wide-spread criticism. Who is currently president of Brazil?
A. Dilma Rousseff
B. Fernando Henrique Cardoso
C. Luis Inácio Lula da Silva
D. Michel Temer
Correct answer: D. Michel Temer
7. Facing a marked increase in measles cases, the government of THIS European nation has instituted fines for parents who do not consult a physician about having their children vaccinated:
Correct answer: B. Germany
8. In the interests of being more eco-friendly, the Wacken Open Air hard rock festival, held annually in Germany, will feature THIS new way of meeting the needs of attendees, designed to use fewer resources than traditional methods:
A. Mass drone shipments of food
B. A beer pipeline
C. Reclaimed and treated gray water for showers
D. Composting toilets
Correct answer: B. A beer pipeline
9. A power supply problem with THIS UK airline’s global computer network left thousands of passengers stranded across Great Briain, and forced the cancellation of all flights out of London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
A. Ryan Air
B. Easy Jet
C. Virgin Atlantic
D. British Airways
Correct answer: D. British Airways
10. The leaders of Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, Canada, and Italy urged United States president Donald Trump to honor THIS international agreement at the G7’s annual summit this week.
A. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
B. Global Plan of Action to Prevent Trafficking in Persons
C. Paris Agreement
D. Kyoto Protocol
Correct answer: C. Paris Agreement
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