The Fleet Today. By Kendall Banning. New York: Funk and Wagnalls Co. 1940. 346 pages. $2.50.
Reviewed by Captain E. G. Small, U. S. Navy
It was Macauley who took as points of departure the occasions offered by books submitted to him for review to write his lasting essays. Obviously this reviewer is no Macauley. He would like to observe, however, that the time is ripe for a clear restatement of the use of a navy as instrument of national policy both in peace and in war. Such a book would emphasize among other ideas that the primary task of the Navy in war is to gain and exercise control of the seas, to the end that these highways be employed to further the application of military and economic pressure on the enemy; and that the difference between offensive and defensive weapons is largely a state of mind.