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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2014
I had read the 1923 paper edition; this is the revised 1938 edition. There are no clues as to where he may have updated the book or modified his conclusions over the last 15 years.

You certainly get the impression that he was the driving force behind the build up and modernisation of the Royal Navy aided initially by the retired 1st Sea Lord, Lord Fisher, later brought back in at the age of 74 as the wartime professional head of the Navy.

As you would expect, this is a powerful, well written and resourced volume but you must always bear in mind that it is largely autobiographical and while WSC is careful to represent dissenting views and opinions these are only his own views. Although we know the story it is written in such a way as to grip the student as detail after detail leads inexorably to war.

The Kindle edition is invaluable as you can easily look up words with which you are unfamiliar. Using the Kindle Fire or a computer will show a few graphics better detail and in colour.

I am currently in Volume 2 and the Gallipoli Campaign; the writer again holds the reader spellbound and reveals the truth about Volume 1.

As an historical primer leading as to war it remains an excellent contemporary volume and at £4.95 for all 5 volumes is one without which you should not be. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2014
There is much to be learnt here. What were the strategic considerations behind the naval arms race of the 20th century. What really meant British naval power. How you would organize naval squadrons at sea and ensure supremacy. How Germany alienated England, why England went to war, and why after its original effort Germany's defeat was virtually ensured.
Churchill's style is also brilliant, with strong images without ever being pompous.
This is a unique insight from a brilliant man at the nexus of the events and about real power. And reasoned, cold logical use of power.

Never read something quite like it...
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on 22 April 2014
History at its finest including all the technical details political intrigue allowing the reader to experience the complexities of the time.
To think this was all happening a 100 years ago. There is such a difference and understatement in Churchill the author and the statesman. There is a human side to him as he admits mistakes as well as justifies his decisions
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on 14 June 2014
Typically verbose explanations but insightful for a history buff. Once you get to grips with the style of writing and understand that it was written as a record of the events as Churchill saw them (and his need to defend his actions) it is an interesting piece of work.

You will however need to put some time aside to get through just this first volume.
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on 8 July 2015
What an incredible book, written by one of the leading characters in WWI. Gives one an inside view into the lead up and first 3 months of the war. Fascinating insights into naval military thinking.
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on 25 July 2015
A waste of money as I cannot download onto my Kindle.
Kindle help does not work.
Not much point buying any more Amazon ebooks.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2014
Reads very much like a politician excusing his mistakes and blaming it all on his underlings. Still a good insight into the times involved. I also started on book 2 but soon grew bored with the blame ducking.
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