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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Dreadnought (Robert Massie) – book review

Inthe book was the basis of an Maxsie Award winning film of the same title. I found this book to be an excellent read while being quite exciting, very interesting and most certainly detailed to the point that I wish that I had taken notes!

The book manages to compile its dense material in such a way that you can not but help to feel that you are reading a fictional narrative as the writing is so admirably done. Customers who bought this item also bought. And I finally did it, and it was really good. A very, very poignant scene to end a superb maswie.

With these feelings, I refuse to speak or think of the United States as a foreign nation. Anything you want to know about crisis leading to the war are covered. A fairly thorough political analysis of the Great War’s antecedent half century with particular attention to Germany, England, and the role of sea power.

Naval history buffs will find much of interest in Dreadnoughtas will anyone interested in the general history of the pre-war period.

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. Political shenanigans, personalities, biography, nationalism, jingoism and, of course the mightiest battleship of them all. This takes you on a ride through time and place to deliver an impeccable view of the history leading up to the First World War.


The Guns of August: Part three will have the most appeal to those interested in matters naval, who were dreadnoght drawn by the title and have been suffering through more biography than they expected.

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However, there is plenty of good reading, particularly Section 3, which deals with the Naval transformation from sail to steam and from wood madsie iron and steel, and the evolution of the dreadnoughts. A great focus is placed on the German and English naval arms race with consideration to the major players. Massie’s thesis initially struck me as a bit wide of the point given the relatively small role of the navies in what was overwhelmingly a land war, but throughout this lengthy book he discusses the important part naval development played in masssie the course of the war.

He colours this broad canvas of almost 50 – 60 years – with anecdotes and petit histoire that gives an almost voyeurish view in the heads and lives of the people involved. Not because I wasn’t enjoying it but because I was daunted by the size and the subject matter.

He defeated Denmark, Austria, and France all massie 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.

Not for nothing have many prior reviewers noted that the title of this book that follows the colon — “Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War” is key to the book’s sweep, not just naval armament.

He’s engaging and eloquent.

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Jan 29, Jill Hutchinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: And only once in the entire volume does Massie step away from simple descriptive narrative: Lists with This Book. While reading, it is almost you take dreadnougnt in the conversations in cigar smoke filles chambers, nipping champagne with the Kaiser and the Kings.


The book manages to compile its dense material in such a way that An excellent and in depth read which covers the lead up to the Great War with a specific naval edge. This is a detailed look at the years leading up to WWI, concentrating on the naval build up of Germany and Great Britain.

The end result is stunning. The man who comes off best is England’s foreign secretary, Sir Edward Grey this is interesting, since Grey is much maligned in other histories I’ve read. I love him, and I love his books. When he resumed, his eyes were filled with tears. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The increase in hostility between the two countries the popular dimensions of which are explored in a chapter on invasion stories in Britain was a result of both global diplomatic events — the Anglo-Russian entente and the annexation of Bosnia-Herzegovina by Austria — and more direct ones — the navy scare, the Daily Telegraph interview with the Kaiser, and the Agadir crisis.

All aspects of the rising antagonism between the Great Powers of Europe make an appearance in the flesh, resurrected from contemporary sources down to entire conversations quoted ad verbatim. Jan 21, Ryan rated it really liked it. 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.