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A gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first great arms race, from Pulitzer Prize winner. Dreadnought is ostensibly about the relationship between Germany and Britain in the years before the First World War, with a focus on the naval arms race. Here, as with his Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great (), Massie disdains the virtues of literary economy.

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Yet, for all the glory, Kipling may have helped distract the British populace from the vast naval buildup taking place, and the fact that Imperial Germany, on the move sincewas about to surpass Great Britain in raw production of coal and steel, but soon in naval weight and might and cutting-edge technology. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. It describes the revitalisation of the British navy, the building of the Dreadnought and the other innovations, both technical and strategic, introduced into the British fleet under the aegis of admiral Fisher.

His Life and World: As I hinted above, you’ll also find charming biographic sketches of a huge cast of characters.

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And I finally did it, and it was really good. He spent as much free time as he possibly could at his small country cottage with his wife, and waxed poetic about communing with nature while he fished the dreadonught by his home.

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Hudson rated it really liked it. Massie’s style is engaging- often engrossing- and he manages the difficulty of relating such dfeadnought complex and often convoluted narrative with many simultaneous events, each a part of a different subplot, fairly well.

Massie presented the facts with as much neutrality as hindsight allows, and that was one of the many appeals of this book. I found this book to be an excellent read while being quite exciting, very interesting and most certainly detailed to the point that I wish that I had taken notes!

Sep 08, David rated it it was amazing. I’m enjoying learning about the origins of the German Empire–I’m sure I learned about this guy in high school, but what an crazy dude Otto von Bismarck was.

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Exciting and interesting writing that honestly helped me make a bit more sense of what exactly led to World War One. Now, when I read general histories of the Great War, I expect the naval as well as military components to be served. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. It was then that the unpoetic Sir Edward Grey uttered the lines which memorably signaled the coming of the First World War. Looking for information on the Battle of Jutland, or the design or evolution of the Dreadnoughtor role of navel power in World War I?

Description A gripping chronicle of the personal and political rivalries from the birth of Queen Victoria to the unification of Germany during the decades leading up to WW1 from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Given that, his focus on Germany and England makes a bit more sense as t A fairly thorough political analysis of the Great War’s antecedent half century with particular attention to Germany, England, and the role of sea power. He colours this broad canvas of almost 50 – 60 years – with anecdotes and petit histoire that gives an almost voyeurish view in the heads and lives of the people involved.

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Massey’s theory, which is as good as any, I suppose, is that Kaiser Wilhelm’s desire to have a top notch fleet butted roughly against England’s necessity of controlling the oceans.

Still, I don’t regreat reading this book, because I learned a good bit dreadnuoght useful information about the pre-World War I era, including well-written descriptions of such men and women as Otto von Bismarck, Queen Victoria, Admiral Jackie Fisher, and future Prime Minister Winston Churchill. A sweeping panorama by Robert Massie of England and Germany in the decades before the Great War, centered on the naval arms race that would be a major cause of the conflict HMS Dreadnought being the technical centerpiece of the day’s naval technology.

In “Castles of Steel” Massie tells the story of WWI at sea and I hope Jacky Fisher will be in that book as well, as that bulldog of a man has captivated me in his persistence to build the RN the best fleet in the world, all the while dancing with admirals and queens like a young boy!

The people that influenced the shaping of and unfortunate events that lead to the war to end all wars. On the other hand, if Massie was more interested in exploring the lives of the men and women involved in the conflicts that ultimately led to World War I, I feel he should have focused on one, two, or at most a handful of those people who were most important to telling the story, and perhaps written a parallel biography.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The title Dreadnought should be changed to Dreadful.

He is later succeeded, in a sense, by Kaiser William II. He brings to life forgotten events, like the Kruger Telegram and the Jameson raid. The Best Books of Massey evidently believes this. Although incredibly detailed and sometimes to the extreme, it ended up wrapping the context into reality. Although I am not a historian, I felt that Mr. Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tratedy in his drreadnought narrative.

It is also a key read for any one interested in under standing the gradual march to war in and the impending tragedies that soon followed. Dreadnought the last picture in the second section of photographs. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I What a history book!

Massie keeps his complex story under tight control Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second drsadnought. Great Britain, due to her island geography, was forced to rely on her naval supremacy for her own survival. The personalities are every bit as vivid and well-drawn as in his Nicholas and Alexandra or his Peter the Great: The First World War. Massie shows the human side of people that participated in those events.

On Sundays, he would often spend the day reading with massid wife: If you are a seller for this dreadmought, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Germany, being the central great industrial power on the continent, had a great army but lacked in naval arms.