By Norman Stone
After global warfare II, the previous allies have been saddled with a devastated international economic system and traumatized population. Soviet impression unfold insidiously from kingdom to kingdom, and the Atlantic powers—the americans, the British, and a small band of allies—were stuck flat-footed through the coups, collapsing armies, and civil wars that sprung from either side. The chilly struggle had started in earnest.In The Atlantic and Its Enemies, prize-winning historian Norman Stone assesses the years among international struggle II and the cave in of the Iron Curtain. He vividly demonstrates that for each Atlantic good fortune there looked to be a dozen Communist or 3rd international triumphs. Then, unexpectedly and opposed to all odds, the Atlantic won—economically, ideologically, and militarily—with extraordinary pace and finality.
An dependent and path-breaking historical past, The Atlantic and Its Enemies is a monument to the great discomfort and clash of the 20th century, and an illuminating exploration of the way the Atlantic triumphed over its enemies ultimately.
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He looked suddenly at Inch’s drawn face. ” Inch shuffled his feet awkwardly. ” Bolitho studied him with fresh understanding. Of course Inch would never join in with the others with his captain away in the flagship. He had a sudden picture of Inch bobbing and scurrying from deck to deck, making sure that everything was well. Doing his best. ” He nodded to the marine sentry and led the way into his cabin where Petch was screwed up into a tight ball against the bulkhead, fast asleep. Bolitho grinned and unbuckled his sword.
They might, for during the eight weeks since joining PelhamMartin’s command the weather had never eased for more than an hour at a time. Bolitho was irritated at having to visit the flagship. Christmas under these conditions would be wretched enough for his company without his leaving as if to enjoy himself at the commodore’s lavish table. ” But Bolitho knew that the visit to the flagship was not merely for good cheer. A sloop had appeared at first light, using the light airs to dash down on the slow moving two-deckers like a terrier after three ponderous bullocks.
It had been the ship’s first death since leaving Plymouth, and with the weather driving the ship inwards upon her own resources it seemed to hang on the crowded messdecks like a threat. There had been much the same atmosphere over the first flogging, too. A seaman had somehow managed to break into a spirit store, and without telling any of his companions had found a quiet corner deep in the ship’s hull and got raving drunk. He had emerged during the first watch, stark naked and had capered around the darkened deck like an insane ghost screaming taunts and curses at anyone who tried to overpower him.