THE NAVY: DEFENSE OR PORTENT? By Charles A. Beard. New York: Harper & Bros. 1932. $2.00.
Reviewed by Vice Admiral W. L. Rodgers, U. S. Navy (Retired).
(Reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer by permission.)
This book is a violent polemic. It is said that bad lawyers, when they have a poor case, think it wise to abuse the opposing counsel. This is the course which Doctor Beard follows. The volume is chiefly devoted to impugning the ability, motives, and character of those who hold views contrary to the author’s in regard to the Navy and the national defense. These opponents he classifies as naval officers, members of the Navy League, and shipbuilders and steel manufacturers.