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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He brings to life forgotten events, like the Kruger Telegram and the Jameson raid. There’s too much logistics, too much tangled statecraft, and Massie’s forte has always been the portrayal of human characters.
Books by Robert K. This inevitably brought him in turn into conflict with the governments of his grandmother, uncle Edward VIIand cousin George V.
Massie By Robert K. While reading, it is almost you take part in the conversations ,assie cigar smoke filles chambers, nipping champagne with the Kaiser and the Kings.
Massie brings to vivid life, such historical figures as the single-minded Admiral von Tirpitz, the young, ambitious, Winston Churchill, the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bulow, and many others. Jan 22, Mark Russell rated it it was amazing Shelves: Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy in this powerful narrative. I What a history book!
Mar 28, Joseph rated it really liked it Dreadnoutht A brief account of that battle would have made a good epilogue, balancing the description of Trafalgar used as a prologue. Other parts are relevant but dry and uninteresting.
Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and dreadnoughg customers. In fact, I think a shorter book would have had a stronger impact, because the sheer, massive amount of details blunts the reader’s ability to appreciate just how much tension was created by the naval arms race between England and Germany. Don’t have a Kindle? It maintained only a tiny volunteer army that was dwarfed by its Continental counterparts.
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Jul 14, Dave rated it it was amazing. Many of these states actually exchanged ambassadors with one another. I devour with pleasure each book he has written. The book is exhaustive and fascinating for the students of the European geopolitics and military history. I also have a better understanding of Asquith, Grey, Haldane, Bismarck, Bulow, Tirpitz, and other politicians and officials of the time. Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy in this powerful narrative.
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Massie’s biography of Peter the Great probably a quarter-century ago, and really enjoyed that book. October External links: Primarily the book is a history of England and Germany and it their leaders and officials. Massie’s sweeping narrative centers around the naval rivalry between Britain and Germany after the death of Queen Victoria inhighlighting this as one of the major tensions that led to WW I.
Massie marks the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Dreadnoughts, takes you right up to the door step of that change. Even more impressive are the scores of secondary characters that light up this rich account.
It describes the revitalisation of the British navy, the building of the Dreadnought and the other innovations, both technical and strategic, introduced into the Mawsie fleet under the aegis of admiral Fisher.
The complex entangling alliances are also covered. Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, the future German Chancellor, drreadnought True to his eloquent, clear and comprehensive style, 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 powerful narrative.