Sea-Salt and Cordite (Classic Reprint)
Though the writer is not the mild, tubby, little man, wearing glasses, as Vanity Fair once described him: yet neither is he a beetle-browed, bloodthirsty jingoist, as a reviewer in a certain leading diurnal of the London press has put it. His aim throughout the stories in this volume, dealing with modern warfare on the sea, is not that of the sensational or bogey-hatching. It is concerned not with the pomp and glories of war: but in setting before the jingoistic, and the bellicose, and the unthinking that shout (who make up most of the bellicose!), something of the struggles which naval hostilities will bring: together with a suggestion of the terrible strain, terrible responsibilities, and terrible abnegation demanded of the human element engaged in it.
War now tends in its operations to become more appalling and precipitate: and should not the incidents and accidents of naval battle be reckoned up by Britons? For a reason paramountly life-and-death to them, if not to other nationals!
By some of the highly imaginative - highly nervous, mayhap - exception may be taken to the introduction of certain Powers as suppositional enemies, on the ground that this is distasteful and conduces to unfriendly feeling. The writer rejoins that it has merely been the question of finding worthy protagonists, and the choice in such is exceedingly restricted when viewed as suitable pawns in the game.
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Revue analytique des processus de management des marchés publics: Pour un management des marchés publics axé sur les résultats (Omn.Pres.Franc.)