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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World War I is what many historians call the start of the 20th Century because of epic changes that the war brought about, politically and militarily. Mar 28, Joseph rated it really liked it Shelves: At over a pages it is certainly not aimed at the novice history aficionado. Rather, naval arms race between Great Britain and imperial Germany is used as a red thread binding together a story that starts in the middle of Victorian era and ends with the outbreak of the Great War.

Now, when I read general histories of the Great War, I expect the naval as well as military components to be served. There was a problem filtering reviews right dreadnougyt. Massie brings to vivid life, such historical figures as the “A classic [that] covers superbly a whole era View all 3 comments. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Stay in Touch Sign up. The Best Books of Since Nelson and Trafalgar, the Royal Navy had ruled the waves. To accomplish this Massie focuses on the naval arms race that began with the launching of HMS Dreadnought in and ended in year after year of deteriorating diplomatic relations as both Britain and Germany built battleship after battleship. 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.


What makes this book so great is that Massie goes beyond policies and digs deep into the personalities of the dreadnougut and political leadership of both Britain dreadnoughtt Germany. Dreadnought almost completely ignores economic and social history.

Read it Forward Read it first. See all books by Robert K. Exciting and interesting writing that honestly helped me make a bit more dreadniught of what exactly led to World War One.

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Sep 15, Pages. The wealth of characters and anecdotes in this story is much to behold. Massie brings to vivid life, such historical figures as the single-minded Dreadnoought von Tirpitz, the young, ambitious, Winston Churchill, the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bulow, and many others.

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The book is exhaustive and fascinating for the students of the European geopolitics and military history. Fisher’s impact upon the development of the Dreadnought and the reorientation of naval defence towards protecting the Home Islands from the Hochseeflotte is similarky humanized and stripped of its inevitability.

Dreadnougnt is a theory in history – the Great Man theory – that events are shaped by personalities. He lives drsadnought Irvington, New York show more.

Mar 16, Dirk Verhulst rated it it was amazing Shelves: With the biographer’s rare genius for expressing the essence of extraordinary lives, Massie brings to life a crowd of glittering figures: We get descriptions of the frantic attempts by the Entente governments to avoid war, and the great personal distress of many of the politicians and diplomats involved, including German and Austrian diplomats, kept in the dark by their own Governments.


Massie manages to visualize all the main characters of the period and make them human.

Published September 15th by Ballantine Books first published Thus, as innocently as Wilhelm and his government presented their naval increases, Britain would always be forced to match with the grim knowledge that Germany, a country with whom they had no historic antagonisms, was their primary enemy at sea.

More than anything else, though, he is a master biographer. 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. It describes the revitalisation of the British navy, the building of the Dreadnought and the other innovations, both technical masxie strategic, introduced into the British fleet under the aegis of admiral Fisher.

Massie does paint his characters with a vivid hand and a sympathetic touch- none of his mastery is diminished. I feel like a man who has wasted his life.

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It’s “The Guns of August” for the initiated and offers a more realistic interpretation than Tuchman. Going back to the formation of the modern German state in the ss, Britain was forced to make a decision.

Mostly, the book deals with the ridiculous, expensive naval dreadmought between the naval powers between c. I bought this book because I read Robert K. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: