Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003
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"Gripping stuff" (Charles Osbourne, Sunday Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Castles of Steel - by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Dreadnought -'is decidedly a battleship book: stately, immense and telling a mighty story mightily.' Jan Morris, New Statesman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Personally I preferred this book over Dreadnought as this focuses more on the personalities, 'action' and battles of the World War I rather than the politics that comprise the majority of Dreadnought, I thought this was the slightly easier read of the two. Reading some other reviews it seems that the preference between the books depends on which one you read first.
Overall a highly recommended read.
The best book on the subject by a (nautical) mile.
I found it particularly interesting to discover the extent of the role of submarines during WW1.
Whilst perhaps not quite up to the superb standard set by 'Dreadnought' (hence 4* instead of 5), I am sure it will not disappoint.
Castles of Steel is an impressive - and large - work, and offers the reader both the nuts and bolts of the naval battles and campaigns of the First World War, and a very strong insight into the political machinations that directed them. Massie's gift is that he can both narrate naval conflicts in gripping terms (and the complexity of Jutland tests any skills of narration), offer convincing analysis of both strategies and tactics, and simultaneously privide fascinating insight into the figures such as Churchill, Beatty, Jellicoe, Hipper, Scheer and the Kaiser - to name but a few of a very large cast. Few come out with much credit; the egotism and impulsiveness of Churchill and Beatty are there for all to see. Like Nigel Steel and Peter Hart, whose Jutland 1916 is strongly recommended as the next read for anyone hooked on the subject, Massie does vindicate the much maligned Jellicoe.
A couple of very minor niggles; the paperback edition is by no means full of illustrations. A few more, illustrating the differences between armoured cruisers, battlecruisers and battleships, given this is a time of unparalleled rapidity in warship evolution, would be very helpful. Whilst Castles of Steel has end-notes and a full bibliography, these are not referenced into the text, forcing the readers to break off and flick to the back, should they wish to investigate the source of a quote. As far as Massie's narrative is concerned, I have only one issue.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book,the account of Jutland is one of the most expertly written pieces of history I have read, would highly recommend both this and deadweight.Published 6 days ago by Fraser Young
One of those surprisingly gripping history books, that focuses on key characters to humanise history, looks at multiple viewpoints (British and German) and has a view. Read morePublished 19 days ago by C. S. D. Robertson
Not finished it yet, but so far very good and iterestingPublished 1 month ago by HIS HON JUDGE DAH RODWELL
A superb book. Beautifully written. Holds your attention to the end. Awry special writer.Published 2 months ago by skylight
I wanted to know more of the First World War's dreadnoughts and this book didn't disappoint. Massie describes both the naval machines of war and the personalities of the people... Read morePublished 3 months ago by MR J P SMITH
A well written book on the dreadnoughts of WWI. Informative and useful. A good book at a good price,Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having little knowledge of WW1 naval battles I decided to give this a read. I found the book extremely well written and informative and found it hard to put down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by KenE
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