Naval War College Review


Martin Murphy


“In the unrelenting struggle of peoples,” the historian Pete Padfield wrote, “those ascendant at sea have, at least in the modern era, proved consistently successful either singly or in alliance against those with a territorial power base.” This notion, which he took from the renowned strategist Colin S. Gray, drove his 1999 history Maritime Supremacy and the Opening of the Western Mind. Naval War College law professor James Kraska has written a book that could well have been entitled “Maritime Myopia and the Closing of the American Mind,” for that is the story it recounts and the future it foretells unless the United States re- sponds to the tocsin he sounds.