A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 4, 1958

SOUNDING clean and clear through the flap and fuzzy thought about Middle East crisis, Week Two, was the calm counsel of a naval historian and philosopher who died 44 years ago. His name: Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, U.S. Navy (1840-1914). His counsel, delivered at century's turning point in brilliant books, such as The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783 and The Interest of America in Sea Power, Present and Future, was that the U.S. national interest was to secure overseas bases, trade routes, to guard them with unbeatable military power. In his day and since, Mahan's doctrine has been criticized...

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