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To Rule The Waves

This weekend, C-SPAN’s Book TV will broadcast a talk by my friend Arthur Herman, author of To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World. I’m pretty sure this will be from the presentation he gave (and which I attended) at a D.C. bookstore last week. It hardly matters: Arthur is brilliant and eloquent and To Rule the Waves is very, very good. It’s partly a military history of the Royal Navy, but it’s also the story of how British admirals and sailors became a powerful force for globalization, and how their influence is still being felt today. NRODT readers will know Arthur for his book reviews–and they’ll also know that our current issue includes a big thumbs-up review of To Rule the Waves. I recommend it highly.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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