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Massie marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. How did it all begin? With the biographer's rare genius for expressing the essence of extraordinary lives, Massie brings to life a crowd of glittering figures: the young, ambitious Winston Churchill; the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bulow; Britain's greatest twentieth-century Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey; and Jacky Fisher, the eccentric admiral who revolutionised the British Navy and brought forth the battleship, H.
Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstanding and tensions, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy in this powerful narrative. Intimately human and dramatic, Dreadnought is history at its most riveting. Flap copy "A classic [that] covers superbly a whole era Engrossing in its glittering gallery of characters. Massie has written a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century's first great arms race.
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. 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.
Review Text "This is a book you are bound to enjoy. The set pieces - the naval review of June , the Jameson Raid, The Kaiser's visit to Windsor, Winston Churchill visiting the fleet, "the spring of the panther" - are dramatically recreated. The pen portraits of the political and naval establishments of Wilhelmine Germany and Victorian and Edwardian Britain are brilliantly evoked with a sharp eye for the memorable detail Massie keeps his complex story under tight control Monographers like myself can only envy the sheer sweep of Dreadnought and the author's rich palette of colours so deftly applied.
Like Barbara Tuchman's Guns of August this is narrative history at its very best. Financial Times" show more. Review quote This is a book you are bound to enjoy.
Robert K. Massie has now turned his attention to the arms race between Britain and Germany c. It has not been told so well before. About Robert K. Massie Robert K. He lives in Irvington, New York show more. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.
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Massie is well worth revisiting. Being American, he can view it from a neutral angle. Indeed, he looks at it from every angle, starting around And towering unsteadily over them all, Kaiser Wilhelm ll. Massie explains that this was literally true. All his life he needed someone to cut up his meat and he was so unbalanced that riding a horse was extremely difficult.
Well after a long lover affair with this book, I have finished and it is yet another favorite by Robert K. This book is massive in every way. It covers the detailed history of England and Massie's writing style is clear, and he organizes huge themes and complex topics in ways that are understandable to the non-specialized reader. Nevertheless, this is an extremely long book, and quite
Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War
Look Inside. 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. Massie [is] a master of historical portraiture and anecdotage. Robert K. He was president of the Authors Guild from to His books include… More about Robert K.