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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent peice of work, 1 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Castles Of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of The Great War at Sea (Paperback)
Having never read much about European history I was completely converted many years ago after reading Dreadnought. It was a pleasure to find this book continues in the same manner and I was not disappointed in any way.
The most appealing aspect of the book is the way Massie brings to life the details of politicians/admirals and then links these events in a way that illustrates the part they played in the grand scheme.
In particular I was left fascinated and exasperated at the personalities involved and how an individual's whim could so badly affect the way important issues, as warship design or where to start a new front in the war, were decided. The description of the Jellico/Beaty debate left me frankly amazed.
However the key to the book for me is that the subject, the war at sea, is covered from such differing angles as the politicians involved to the accounts of people who played a small part in the action. Additionally it is written in such a way that even knowing who won didnt detract from the suspense.
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Initial post: 26 Mar 2014 18:58:34 GMT
A customer says:
'.....that even knowing who won didnt detract from the suspense.'

Who won? If you are saying the Brits won then that would be a very contentious statement. Most people will say that no-one actually one. Tactically, as a battle the German fleet won as the British lost far more capital ships, and sailors, than the German fleet. Strategically, the Brits won as the High Seas Fleet never came out of port again in any great strength, and it mutinied in 1918.
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