Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War. Robert K. Massie, Author, Robert D. Loomis, Editor Random House (NY) $35 (p) ISBN . A gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first great arms race, from Pulitzer Prize winner. Buy Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War by Robert K Massie (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low.

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With more than pages, this book is not for the casual reader. Sit back and enjoy a long ride into the British dreacnought German experience as never before.

The result is an enormous 1, pp. Jackie Fisher, by the way, is an absolutely fascinating character. Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War. The book is exhaustive and fascinating for the students of the European geopolitics and military history. Other parts are relevant but dry and uninteresting. Return to Book Page. A fantastic book, a joy to read. After the final defeat of Napoleon inBritain faced no existential threats for around 50 years.

Throughout the book he provides us with detailed portraits of all the major political characters from both Britain and Germany during the period covered. What a history book! This is an insomnia cure right here. Massie places the blame for WWI squarely on the shoulders of the governments of Austria-Hungary and Germany, a view I think is largely supported by the historical evidence. The book is highly readable throughout and despite its length never gets boring.

Though the book does get bogged down from time to time in litanies of ship tonnage and gunnery, it makes up for it with an equally amusing chapter about the eccentric captains of the Royal Navy.



Sep 15, Pages. Massie has produced an outstandingly eobert volume; though it contains some nine hundred pages of text, it didn’t feel too long at all. View all 12 comments. Magnificent on every level. To call this book through would be a gross understatement.

Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War

These range from short paragraphs on minor figures to extended essays on the more important, and often become ends in themselves: I love him, and I love his books.

He throws some tonnage out, and the number of guns, but he never explains why this steel behemoth became so important – the nuclear weapons of the s. Massie has written a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first This book is not only a monster in scope – a tomb as one might say, but it is so over the top specific to the point of never-ending.

Not only are we introduced to the details of the original arms race, but we get short biographic snapshots of the leading figures on both sides, both on the military and especially the political side.

The other major figure is Churchill, who played an important role at the Admiralty in the planning and production of further dreadnoughts and whose exciting early life is also described at length. Massie does paint his characters with a vivid hand and a sympathetic touch- none of his mastery is diminished.

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 powerful narrative. Naval history buffs will find much of interest in Dreadnoughtas will anyone interested in the general history of the pre-war period. Dreadnought by Robert K.


Jun 12, Kym Robinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Engrossing in its glittering gallery of characters. This knowledge prepared them for four long years at sea during the Great War. This book turns Kaiser Wilhelm – Willie – from a crude caricature into something resembling a pitiable human being. It introduced me to kings and queens and the commoners that, in some cases, had a larger role than I had been taught in shaping Europe. Dreadnought the last picture in the second section of pho Dreadnoughts.

It is probably the most detailed account I have read on the the subject. Part three will have the most appeal to those interested in matters naval, who were perhaps drawn by the title and have been suffering through more biography than they expected.

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In the 19th century Britain invested almost all its military strength in the Royal Navy. Massie’s style is engaging- often engrossing- and he manages the difficulty of relating such a complex and often convoluted narrative with many simultaneous events, each a part of a different subplot, fairly well.

An absolute beast of a book, weighing in at over 1, pages. Aug 29, Marcus rated it it was amazing. But I resolved that in I would finally commit to finishing this book.