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Another Fair and Enjoyable "Greatest"
on 28 June 2012
Having greatly enjoyed the Greatest Prime Minister and Greatest Naval Battle books, I had high hopes for The Greatest Naval Commander and I was not disappointed. Richard Freeman thoroughly and fairly discusses Jellicoe, Scheer, Beatty and von Hipper considering military and tactical characteristics as well as features of their respective personalities. He is sensitive to their differing contexts and neatly reaches a satisfying conclusion based on a solid set of arguments. For someone who knows slightly less about a couple of the periods considered, I found this book informative and digestible and was able to absorb it fully on the train to work this week.