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Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War Kindle Edition
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At times it's good, at others I found myself skimming though pages. I didn't think it really took off till after half way through. By the time war really looms and the British, realising how terrible and devastating a modern war between the major powers would be, desperately tried to get Germany to negotiate, it gets almost like a thriller and very tense - even though we know the outcome. l was really finding it unputdownable by this point and as my Kindle said I was at 75% I was looking forward to lots more reading. But I was at the end!
The book finishes the moment war is declared, and before a single dreadnought leaves home waters! It almost felt as if someone had cut several chapters off the end, and I felt very frustrated and let down.
On a pedantic note, I agree with others that he doesn't seem to understand the difference between England and Britain. A lot of people don't, but if you were writing a book on such a subject you'd think he would make it his job to get it right.Read more ›
I enjoyed the pen-portraits of key people. Names which had been little more than labels for me are expanded into fully-fleshed portraits. The roles and influences of the European royal families make fascinating reading: descriptions of conversations, and many letters, are particularly revealing.
There are good accounts of developing naval technologies. With hindsight we can see that the evermore powerful battleships being built by Britain and Germany were quickly becoming obsolescent as new weapons such as torpedoes, mines, submarines and aircraft came on-line, together with the growing importance of aircraft carriers.
Massie also covers the many negotiations attempting to keep the peace in Europe: but these were doomed as Austria and Germany were, apparently, committed to war.
This period marks the relative decline of the Royal Navy as the dominant world naval force. Massie shows how this decline reflected the growing industrial power of other nations, particularly the United States.
Overall, highly recommended as a good and informative read.
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It's an excellent book, only it's not really about the ships. The actual, factual Navy is only the background wallpaper in there. Read morePublished 2 days ago by G. Pedrico
A masterpiece: scholarship of the highest order, but eminently readable at the same time.Published 7 days ago by Dave
I am another who bought this book in error, thinking to receive information about the ship. ( I was shopping in a hurry, and it was on offer! Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Powell
an interesting description of the political relationships between the European powers prior to WW1Published 3 months ago by T H
Many recent history books deliver less than their titles promise; this one delivers far more - a comprehensive review of the 19th-century politics of western Europe, especially the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M Bowden
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