A fantastic review of my Maritime Strategies for the XXI Century. The Contribution of Admiral Castex:
Academics working in the strategic studies and professional military fields are always beseeching their students actually to read the great works of maritime strategy rather than short summaries or books by other people who simply say what the great men said. But those same academics have a real problem when it comes to Raoul Castex (1878-1968) and his Theories Strategiques. For a start Castex’s thinking expands over no less than five big volumes, with two more of appendices and indexes covering some 3000 pages in all. Secondly, he writes in his own language, French, and sadly that tends to deter many Anglo-Saxons, not least because the French is mellifluous and on the self-indulgent side. Thirdly, Castex wrote his volumes over several decades and his ideas not unnaturally tended to shift over time.