Dreadnought

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Dreadnought Book Summary


A gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first great arms race, from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie
 
With the biographer’s rare genius for expressing the essence of extraordinary lives, Massie brings to life a crowd of glittery figures: the single-minded Admiral von Tirpitz; the young, ambitious Winston Churchill; the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bülow; Britain’s greatest twentieth-century foreign secretary, Sir Edward Grey; and Jacky Fisher, the eccentric admiral who revolutionized the British navy and brought forth the first true battleship, the H.M.S. Dreadnought.
 
Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy in this powerful narrative. Intimately human and dramatic, Dreadnought is history at its most riveting.
 
Praise for Dreadnought
 
Dreadnought is history in the grand manner, as most people prefer it: how people shaped, or were shaped by, events.”Time
 
“A classic [that] covers superbly a whole era . . . engrossing in its glittering gallery of characters.”Chicago Sun-Times
 
“[Told] on a grand scale . . . Massie [is] a master of historical portraiture and anecdotage.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“Brilliant on everything he writes about ships and the sea. It is Massie’s eye for detail that makes his nautical set pieces so marvelously evocative.”Los Angeles Times



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Dreadnought - Robert K. Massie Reviews

  • Dreadful book not worthy of the author

    By geofan
    2
    After thoroughly enjoying Massie's books on Catherine and Peter the Great, I was really looking forward to Dreadnaught. But, the book rambles all over the place, is incoherent, and is basically two partial books stitched together unsuccessfully. I don't know what the author was smoking, but the editor should have insisted on a major rewrite of such a total mess of a book. There are some excellent chapters, to be sure, but after reading page after page about dreadnaughts and then jumping to a rehash of the Guns of August, I kept waiting for the role of dreadnaughts and the royal navy in the war to be explained. Never happened. Great author, but terrible book. What a disappointment. My guess is that the author got bored somewhere in the middle of writing and the book is living off his reputation from other, far better, books.
  • Great book, missing pages...

    By OKI006
    4
    A comprehensive study that never bores the reader. Unfortunately, almost every last page of the chapter is missing and that is a lot of missing pages.

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