Jeremy Black’s global and strategic approach is ambitious but highly successful. Regardless of a reader’s interests, everyone will discover new and important insights in this rich study.
One word summarizes Professor Jeremy Black’s masterful synopsis of naval warfare since 1860: outstanding. Whether the reader is a deep specialist with decades of knowledge and direct experience of the subject, or an interested lay reader with a penchant for naval history, this fine book suits all. . . . [A] very clear, concise, precise, and highly readable picture of naval changes in history, but also the most devastating conflicts in the history of the world. . . . What he does is make us totally aware that in an age of Chinese maritime expansion, renewed challenges at sea from Russia, and other seaborne threats, maritime power and indeed a grand naval strategy for the Western powers is undoubtedly the key to maintaining the vital national interests of the Western democracies and their key global allies.