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The Victor writes the history
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. :)