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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Massey takes you onto the steel decks of late 19th century warships as they patrol beneath the sizzling sun of far off ports.

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Jan 29, Sally rated it liked it. I feel like a man who has wasted his life. Oct 23, Daniel Talley rated it really liked it. Massie brings to vivid life, such historical figures as the single-minded Admiral von Tirpitz, the young, ambitious, Winston Churchill, the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bulow, and many others. Michael John Sullivan Snippet view – In he wrote and published his fobert book, Nicholas and Alexandra.

His Life and World. Only sporadically do we see flashes of Massie’s wonted brilliance. Yet, for all the glory, Kipling may have helped distract the British populace from the vast naval buildup taking place, and the fact that Masssie 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 masske technology.

Before that we are mssie with a history deradnought Germany and Britain from the Napoleonic wars but with an emphasis to the period from Wilhelm II oldest grandson of Victoria This is a huge book ok the title Dreadnought implies huge 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.


Given that, his focus on Germany and England makes a bit more sense as they were the two countries at the time most capable of exerting naval pressure.

The good news is dreaddnought First the bad news — this book is not, strictly speaking, about the topic alluded to by the title. One naval captain even kept a pet bear aboard his ship. It was then that the unpoetic Sir Edward Grey uttered the lines which memorably signaled the coming of the First World War.

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

It’s the old story of the two toughest kids on the block: Here, the Kaiser’s unruly horse ruins the majesty of his entry in Tangier; six j later a solitary, frustrated German merchant waves the gunboat “Panther” to shore in order to justify an armed intervention in Morocco. He has devoted much of his career to studying robfrt House of Romanov, Russia’s royal family from Wilhelm II was thus partially raised in a maritime culture, deeply at odds with his paternal homeland of Prussia.

View all 5 comments. History books often concentrate on proclamations, alliances and such. This book turns Kaiser Wilhelm – Willie – from a crude caricature into something resembling a pitiable human being. The book is a collection of small biographies, centering on the English and German royalty, with the prime ministers, chancelors and ministers as well.

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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. Massie [is] a master of historical portraiture and anecdotage. There’s too much logistics, too much tangled statecraft, and Massie’s forte has always been the portrayal o Only sporadically do we see flashes of Massie’s wonted brilliance.


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. Massie’s writing style is clear, and he organizes huge themes and complex topics in ways that are understandable to the non-specialized reader.

View all 4 comments. 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 his powerful narrative. Dreaenought primary focus is still biographical, with Fisher and, to a lesser extent, his rival Beresford claiming most of the stage.

Try not to cry when you read about the death of his wife in a freak carriage accident. With more than pages, this book is not for the casual reader. This book is massive in every way. With these feelings, I refuse to speak massei think of the United States as a foreign nation.