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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They are our flesh and blood. Massie intertwines the history of Germany and Britain on a political and military level, describing the lives and thoughts of leading politicians and military mostly admirals and of course the Royal heads ruling in Europe.
Massie is a great author and historian. 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. Part two describes British politics and foreign policy up to InRobert Massie and his then-wife Suzanne chronicled their experiences as the parents of a hemophiliac child and the significant differences between the American and French health-care systems in their jointly-written book, Journey.
Dreadnought by Robert K. Massie
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.
Other editions – View all Dreadnought: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. An excellent and in depth read which covers dreadnoughg lead up to the Great War with a specific naval edge.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Massie has produced an outstandingly readable volume; though it contains some nine hundred pages of text, it didn’t feel too long at all.
Somewhat classical in its approach–great persons, great events, great battles–but I find it interesting only because I’ve dreasnought looking for a good M history read for some time, and I know very little about any of the subjects in this book. The personalities are every bit as vivid and well-drawn as in his Nicholas and Alexandra or his Peter the Great: Deeply researched but readable and intriguing.
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Massie went to work as a robegt for Newsweek from to and then took a position at the Saturday Evening Post. Largely cobbled together by Bismarck in the mid-to-late 19th century with Prussia as the underlying framework, the Empire consisted of over two dozen states replete with princes and kings. His Life and World: Since the European monarchies were closely related, they were fond of bestowing upon their relations honorary military rank.
Primarily the book is a madsie of England and Germany and it dreadnoughy leaders and officials. I don’t read a lot of history, but when I do I want it to matter. References to this book A Fatal Passion: Naval history buffs will find much of interest in Dreadnoughtas will anyone interested in the general history of the pre-war period.
The result is an enormous 1, pp.
I highly recommend to those who enjoy the exacts of history as I do. Here, two Jewish businessmen make a last-minute bid to ease the Anglo-German antagonism by inviting Lord Haldane for a mission. Massey is no Tom Clancy. The Admiralty had demanded six ships; the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight.
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The other major figure is Churchill, who played an important role at the Admiralty in the planning and production of further dreadnoughts and whose exciting early life is also described at length.
But I resolved that in I would finally commit to finishing this book. Robert Kinloch Massie, who suffers from hemophilia, a hereditary disease that also afflicted the last Tsar’s son, Alexei. 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.
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 between them.
Massie’s writing style is clear, and he organizes huge themes and complex topics in ways that are understandable to the non-specialized reader.
It was then that the draednought Sir Edward Grey uttered the lines which memorably signaled the coming of the First World War. To accomplish this Massie focuses on the naval arms race that began with the launching of HMS Dreadnought in and ended in year after year of deteriorating diplomatic relations as both Britain and Germany built battleship after battleship.
Inthe book was the basis of an Academy Award winning film of the same title.