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Dreadnought-The Perfect History,
This review is from: Dreadnought: Britain,Germany and the Coming of the Great War (Paperback)
In this era of mass histories where a single brief event generates a hundred instant histories within a few weeks and twice as many reviews, it is difficult to discuss the immense scope of this book without sounding trite or descending to the usual polemic of Brilliant ...Astounding ...a Major Work, Five Stars.
The problem is that Massie's book is all of those declamations and more, so what can I say? As social, technical, political and personal history of the era and characters that inspired the construction of the Dreadnought battleships and the modern naval fleet, it is well and truly beyond any other book dealing with even the single issues it encompasses. Massie writes in a modern narrative style that makes enjoyable reading and the stiff characters of history come to life as people and the flawed individuals that they where. Of course some are much more flawed than others and as we find, even dramatic heroes and striding visionary leaders have their darker sides that made them loathed and distrusted by their contemporaries.
If you want a social explanation of the events leading up to the Great War this comes very close. As for the fascinating story of naval advances and how they affected the balance of power via the Twentieth century's first WMD's this is by far the finest account.
Regards Gregory House
Author of The Liberties of London