Sea Stories

As part of NPR’s “The History of Our Time” series, retired Admiral James Stavridis talks about his new book, Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans (PRH/Penguin; RH Large Print; Penguin Audio & BOT; OverDrive Sample).

It has leaped up the Amazon rankings as a result, now well within the Top 50 at #33, up from its still respectable #193.

The series, says host Steve Inskeep, investigates the big trends “driving our history” and Stavridis says the seas are an crucial to our future. “The nation that profits the most from a peaceful global commons, from oceans upon which 50,000 ships can sail in a given day moving cargo, is the United States.”

While Syria and the South China Sea are tactical hotspots now, he says the next will be the Arctic, “the ice is melting rapidly. It will open up shipping lanes. It will fuel territorial disputes.”

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