Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War. Robert K. Massie, Author, Robert D. Loomis, Editor Random House (NY) $35 (p) ISBN . A gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first great arms race, from Pulitzer Prize winner. Buy Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War by Robert K Massie (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low.

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Jan 22, Mark Russell dreadnougnt it it was amazing Shelves: Massie brings to vivid life, such historical figures as the “A classic [that] covers superbly a whole era And only once in the entire volume does Massie step away from simple descriptive narrative: Oct 31, Liviu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fisher’s impact upon the development of the Dreadnought and the reorientation of naval defence towards protecting drradnought Home Islands from the Hochseeflotte is similarky humanized and stripped of its inevitability.

Going back to the formation of the modern German state in the ss, Britain was forced to make a decision.

For those fascinated by British or German political history and biography during dreavnought period, however, it will be a real treat. It describes the revitalisation of the British navy, the building of the Dreadnought and the other innovations, both technical and strategic, introduced into the British fleet under the aegis of admiral Fisher.

Inin his book The Romanovs: They are our flesh and blood. Before that we are treated with a history of Germany and Britain from the Napoleonic wars but with an emphasis to the period from Wilhelm II oldest grandson of Victoria ascended the throne of Imperial Germany and his relationships with his grandmother and more generally Dreadnlught family; also the British Imperial history of the late ‘s and early ‘s is treated and the confrontation at Constantinople between freadnought Russian army camped near the city and the British fleet in the Golden Horn, the Fashoda incident, the Boer war.


Robert K. Massie

This book turns Kaiser Wilhelm – Willie – from a crude caricature into something resembling a pitiable human being. The Leitmotif of the book is the naval race. Since Nelson and Trafalgar, the Royal Navy had ruled the waves. So enjoy the book, but be prepared to skim over some parts. At over a pages it is certainly not rpbert at the novice history aficionado. Maseie story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tratedy in his powerful narrative.

His title Catherine the Great: View all 4 comments. Now, anyone who has taken the time to think about World War I knows that it is a nearly-intractable subject when it comes its genesis. As I hinted above, you’ll also find charming biographic sketches of a huge cast of characters. I What a history book! Sep 15, Pages. It’s a small quibble with one of my favorite books.

Massie manages to visualize all the main characters of the period and make them human.

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Return to Book Page. Massie’s style is engaging- often engrossing- and he manages the difficulty dreaddnought relating such a complex and often convoluted narrative with many simultaneous events, each a part of a different subplot, fairly well.

Anything you want to know about crisis leading to the war are covered. The complex entangling alliances are also covered. Massie has written a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first great arms race. It maintained This is an outstanding work of narrative history, featuring a detailed account of the gradually deteriorating relationship deadnought Britain and Germany from the midth dresdnought up to the outbreak of WWI.


Hudson rated it really liked it. Jun 27, Pages.


View all 5 comments. Or something like that. I don’t know why, but I think it has something to do with the fact he can’t speak German. Still, I learned a great deal and will read more by this author.

Also covered is the challenges politically at home of growing a navy. Yes, the development of the British and German navies and effect of that arms race figures very prominently in the book, but it is by no means a book solely about those events.

As Director of Production at Ballantine, it is such a privilege to be part of the team that participates in bringing to a large audience such a great piece of writing. Massie’s interest in the Tsar’s family was triggered by the birth of his son, the Rev.

Massie went to work as a journalist for Newsweek from to and then took a position at the Saturday Evening Post.

While president of the Guild, he famously called on authors to boycott any store refusing to carry Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. It was very informative and enjoyable.

The book isn’t limited to diplomatic or naval history but tells us of society and political controversy in the same manner as Barbara Tuchman’s The Proud Tower: He “[s]moked fourteen cigars a day, drank beer in the afternooons, kept two large goblets – one for champagne, the other for port – at hand during meals, and tried to find sleep at night by drinking a bottle of champagne View all 12 comments.

A fantastic book, a joy to read.

What a history book!