Books: Big Navy History

THE NAVY: A HISTORY—Fletcher Pratt —Doubleday, Doran ($4).

Dedicated to President Roosevelt, "repositor of the great naval tradition of the United States," most of Author Pratt's 496-page book celebrates the U. S. Navy in action. On the theoretical and political side, from Revolutionary to modern times, his limited comment consists mainly of scorn for the "pinchpenny pacifists in Washington."

Author Pratt (Ordeal By Fire, Hail Caesar!) is an uncritical, graphic, historical popularizer, with militant enthusiasms and a weakness for adjectives. In addition he writes for Army & Navy journals, is credited with a formula...

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