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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Massie’s writing style is clear, and he organizes huge themes and complex topics in ways that are understandable to the non-specialized reader.
Dreadnought by Robert K.
Inthe book was the basis of an Academy Award winning film of the same title. Or something like that. Oct 09, Andrea rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 British family; also the British Imperial history of the late ‘s and early ‘s is treated and the confrontation at Constantinople between the Russian army camped near the city and the British fleet in the Golden Horn, the Fashoda incident, the Boer war.
A very, very poignant scene to end a superb narrative. Massie is a great author and historian.
Dreadnought (Robert Massie) – book review
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. In he wrote and published his breakthrough book, Nicholas and Alexandra.
He is later succeeded, in a sense, by Kaiser William II. Jun 27, Pages. At over a pages it is certainly not aimed at the novice history aficionado.
This book provides the missing piece to the puzzle.
He defeated Denmark, Austria, and France all in separate engagements, eventually leading to the Somewhat classical in its approach–great persons, great events, great battles–but I find it interesting only because I’ve been looking for a good European history read for some time, and I know very little about any of the subjects in this book. Dreadnought the last picture in the second section of photographs. Massey is no Tom Clancy. Eventually, King Edward appeared and, walking so briskly that he lost his breath, inspected the hussars.
It was then that the roberh Sir Edward Grey uttered the lines which memorably signaled the coming of the First World War. Before that we are treated with a history of Germany and Britain from the Napoleonic wars but with an emphasis to the period dreandought Wilhelm II oldest grandson of Victoria This is a huge book ok the title Dreadnought implies huge View all 12 comments.
His books include… More about Robert K. The people that influenced the shaping of and unfortunate events that lead to the war to end all wars. It’s our weekly staff picks! He takes the detail and vivid imagery from Tuchman’s opening paragraph in The Guns of August and maintains that for pages.
It introduced me to kings and queens and the commoners that, in some cases, had a larger role than I had been taught in shaping Europe.
The book is highly readable throughout and drewdnought its length never gets boring. A fantastic book, a joy to read. For instance, I find Lord Grey remarkable and very sympathetic.
Very little information about the German fleet is provided for example, while the problems with inadequate armour on the British battle-cruisers are mentioned, the far superior ability of German ships to withstand damage is not.
The early life of Churchill and the events following the murder of Franz Ferdinand are also good. Bismarck once quipped that if the British Army ever came ashore on the coast of Prussia he would leave it to the local police to round them up. Open Preview See a Problem?
Hudson rated it really liked it.
Encompasses military, social and economic masske. I feel like I just completed a triathlon. Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, the future German Chancellor, understood: A Portrait of the World Before the War,but with new detailing.
While dreadnnought, it is almost you take part in the conversations in cigar smoke filles chambers, nipping champagne with the Kaiser and the Kings. Thus, for someone who, like me, is interested in how and to what extent these events influenced “ordinary” people, this book was often tough going. This knowledge prepared them for four long years at sea during the Great War. We are experiencing technical difficulties.
Going back to the formation dreaenought the modern German state in the ss, Britain was forced to make a decision. I love him, and I love his books. As it is, it aims too high and comes up short. Not because I wasn’t enjoying it but because I was daunted by the size and the subject matter. Robeert, the Kaiser’s unruly horse ruins the majesty of his entry in Tangier; six years later a robret, frustrated German merchant waves the gunboat “Panther” to shore in order to justify an armed intervention in Morocco.
Published September 15th by Ballantine Books first published Somewhat classical in its approach–great persons, great events, great battles–but I find it interesting only because I’ve been looking for a good European history read for some time, and I know very little about any of the subjects in this book. Dreadnought the last picture in the second section of pho Dreadnoughts.
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Massie jumps from crisis to crisis, Parliamentary debate to Reichstag debate, Whitehall meeting to Wilhelmstrasse meeting, quarterdeck to quarterdeck in this driving narrative. Their future is ours. Magnificent on every level.