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The Ark Royal carrier (pictured) faced the "immediate" axe in cost-cutting measures announced by PM David Cameron and was decommissioned in 2011. © Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Images

The Edge: Is the military dominance of the west coming to an end? by Mark Urban (Little, Brown, £12.99)

A polemic needs to be well timed to have impact, and Mark Urban’s new book, The Edge,…

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