Dreadnought: Britain,Germany and the Coming of the Great War (Paperback)Robert K Massie (author)
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A gripping chronicle of the personal and political rivalries from the birth of Queen Victoria to the unification of Germany during the decades leading up to WW1 from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie
2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. How did it all begin?
With the biographer's rare genius for expressing the essence of extraordinary lives, Massie brings to life a crowd of glittering figures: the young, ambitious Winston Churchill; the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bulow; Britain's greatest twentieth-century Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey; and Jacky Fisher, the eccentric admiral who revolutionised the British Navy and brought forth the battleship, H.M.S. Dreadnought. Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstanding and tensions, 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.
'History at its best, a fantastic mix of anecdote, observation and intelligent thinking' Dan Snow, Daily Express
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 1040
Weight: 750 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 48 mm
Massie tells the story with controlled energy and attention to detail, especially human detail. It has not been told so well before. * Literary Review *
He has the supreme gift of making history live in simple, readable language. * Observer *
Inheritor of Barbara Tuchman's mantle as the English-speaking world's pre-eminent popular historian...Robert K. Massie has now turned his attention to the arms race between Britain and Germany c.1890-1914, the most important precipitant towards the outbreak of the First World War. -- Frank McLynn
This is a book you are bound to enjoy. The set pieces - the naval review of June 1897, the Jameson Raid, The Kaiser's visit to Windsor, Winston Churchill visiting the fleet, "the spring of the panther" - are dramatically recreated. The pen portraits of the political and naval establishments of Wilhelmine Germany and Victorian and Edwardian Britain are brilliantly evoked with a sharp eye for the memorable detail...Massie keeps his complex story under tight control...Monographers like myself can only envy the sheer sweep of Dreadnought and the author's rich palette of colours so deftly applied. Like Barbara Tuchman's Guns of August this is narrative history at its very best. Financial Times * Financial Times *
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“Excellent book on the Anglo-German arms race”
The great thing about this book is that it offers a sweeping panoramic of the Anglo German relations in the years leading up to the first world war in a way that is both accessible and engaging. Indeed, while being a... More
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