To rule the waves How control of the world's oceans shapes the fate of the superpowers

Bruce D. Jones

Book - 2021

For centuries, oceans were the chessboard on which empires battled for dominance. In the nuclear age, air power and missile systems dominated our worries about security, and for the United States, the economy was largely driven by domestic production, with trucking and railways that crisscrossed the continent the primary modes of commercial transit. Now nine-tenths of global commerce and the bulk of energy trade is today linked to sea-based flows. Jones conducts us on a fascinating voyage throug...h the great modern ports and naval bases of this era, showing how global commerce works-- and why the oceans are so crucial to America;s standing going forward. -- Provided by publisher.

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New York, NY : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc 2021.
First Scribner hardcover edition
Physical Description
viii, 389 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Bruce D. Jones (author)
  • Prologue: A box in the jungle
  • Part I : News from the future.
  • Secrets of the high north
  • The outer perimeter; or, pushing the American border out
  • Charting today's world
  • Part II : to contain the world : 1956-2017.
  • Western tide rising
  • Taipans of globalization
  • The great closing
  • Global supply ships
  • Part III : The flag follows the trade.
  • Pirates of the twenty-first century
  • The near seas
  • America's lake
  • To conquer the seas
  • Part IV : The power of the seas.
  • The salt of the oceans
  • Oceanography and power
  • Hot waters rising
  • Conclusion : Come hell and high water.