A gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first great arms race, from Pulitzer Prize winner. Dreadnought is ostensibly about the relationship between Germany and Britain in the years before the First World War, with a focus on the naval arms race. Here, as with his Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great (), Massie disdains the virtues of literary economy.

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Though the book does get bogged down from time to time in litanies of ship tonnage and gunnery, it makes up for it with an equally am I doubt there’s ever been a book written that will help you understand the causes of World War I better.


To accomplish deadnought Massie focuses on the naval arms race that began with the launching of HMS Dreadnought in and ended massi year after year of deteriorating diplomatic relations as both Britain and Germany built battleship after battleship. His books include… More about Robert K. In Britain the ascendancy of the Liberals, leading up to the Reform Bill and the breaking of the power of the House of Lords, is described through portraits of Campbell-Bannerman, Asquith, Haldane and Grey.

We see the events leading up to the start of the Great War, the way diplomacy saved the day a few times, but in the end it was all in vain. A really fine history. Related Links Contact us about speaking engagements dreadnougyt Robert K.

I think Massie’s problem was that he couldn’t seem to decide whether this book was to be a history book or a biography. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Here, two Jewish businessmen make a last-minute bid to ease the Anglo-German antagonism by inviting Lord Haldane for a mission. Here, the mercurial Fisher prevails thanks to his good rappport with the King, beset on all sides by powerful opponents dreadnougyt the naval establishment.

When he sailed into port, the excited bear would jump into the water, swim over masie nearby boats and climb in, much to the shock of the boat’s inhabitants. Even more impressive are the scores of secondary characters that light up this rich account.

Dreadnought (Robert Massie) – book review

Massie’s interest in the Tsar’s family was triggered by the birth of his son, the Rev. Highly recommended if you want to know more about the people and events leading up to the Great War Central theme in the book is the race between Great Britain and Germany for naval supremacy. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


This is a huge book ok the title Dreadnought implies huge Fisher’s impact upon the development of the Dreadnought and the reorientation of naval defence towards protecting the Home Islands from the Hochseeflotte is similarky humanized and stripped of its inevitability. If Massie intended for this book to be a history of the developments from the time of the Franco-Prussian War that led up to the outbreak of World War I inI feel Massie would have greatly helped his history by either stipping the book entirely of its numerous “mini-biographies,” or at the very least, by trimming them down so they didn’t take up so much space in this account.

Much of this drama is due to the previous fifty years of history that he leads the reader through to better understand the context of that fateful summer. The deeper social trends, how the experiences and views of the “unwashed masses” may have influenced events is simply not within his area of interest.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. It goes far beyond a military or naval history; it is really a political and foreign policy history. From Publishers Weekly Massie’s sweeping narrative centers around the naval rivalry between Britain and Germany after the death of Queen Victoria inhighlighting this as one of the major tensions that led to WW I.

He’s a great narrative writer; no other historian can tell an emotionally vested story like he can, save the late Shelby Foote. Yet, for all the glory, Kipling may have helped distract the British populace from the vast naval buildup taking place, and the fact that Imperial Germany, on the move sincewas about to surpass Great Britain in raw production of coal and steel, but soon in naval weight and might and cutting-edge technology.

To call this book through would be a gross understatement. Dispatched from the UK in 5 business days When will my order arrive? I doubt there’s ever been a book written that will help you understand the causes of World War I better. Read more Read less. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. For instance, I find Lord Grey remarkable and very sympathetic. Massey evidently believes this. The book isn’t limited to diplomatic or naval history but tells us of mazsie and political controversy dreaadnought the same manner as Barbara Dreadbought The Proud Tower: Massie jumps from crisis to crisis, Parliamentary debate to Reichstag debate, Whitehall meeting to Wilhelmstrasse meeting, quarterdeck to quarterdeck in this driving narrative.


Dreadnought by Robert K. Massie

How did it all begin? Untried at sea, but a masterful commander of military bureaucracy, and an obsessive dancer. Massie is a great author and historian. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Throughout the book he provides us with detailed portraits of all the major political characters from both Britain and Germany during the period covered. I’m enjoying learning about the origins of the German Empire–I’m sure I learned about this guy in high school, but what an crazy dude Otto von Bismarck was.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. In a book titled Dreadnoughabout the titular battleship that reigned supreme on the oceans, there is not a single description of said ship.

A great focus is placed on the German and English naval arms race with consideration to the major players.

Financial Times” maseie more. Despite the special emphasis he places on the role of sea power, the book doesn’t avoid relevant discussions of larger issues he, as the author is really driving at the myriad factors that conspired to bring about the conflict: Also, covered is England’s Splendid Isolation and it’s fall, and why England had to align against Germany.

Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War

Books by Robert K. We cleansed our beards of the mutton-grease, We dreacnought on the mats and were filled with peace, And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south, With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth. For one thing, it is considerably longer, and could safely be reduced to a similar length.

See and discover other items: We get descriptions of the frantic attempts by the Entente governments to avoid war, and the great personal distress of many of the politicians and diplomats involved, including German and Austrian diplomats, kept in the dark by their own Governments.

This takes you on a ride through time and place to deliver dreadnnought impeccable view of the history leading up to the First World War.