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on February 11, 2014
The book is a narrative history of the biggest battle in history (by some measures). The pace and style of writing brings out the excitement without ever losing the overall strategic perspective. It is heavily interspersed with eye witness recollections by both commanders and lower ranks. Generally, it emphasises the British perspective.

The various controversies are explored without the obvious agendas of certain earlier accounts (or at least the author's biases generally conform with my own!).

A useful comparison is with Massie's Castles Of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of The Great War at Sea which covers capital ship aspects throughout the whole naval war. As an account specifically of Jutland, this book has more detail but mainly through presenting quotes from eye witnesses. On the whole, I think Massie's book is better.

If I manage to work my way through Marder's series, I'll update this review to compare with the third volume, From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: Volume 3.
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4.6 out of 5 stars