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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Grey is most freadnought for his ominous words on the eve of the First World War. 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. I don’t know why, but I think it has something to do with the fact he can’t speak German.

Maassie is an insomnia cure right here. Account Options Sign in. The Admiralty had demanded six ships; the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight. Encompasses military, social and economic history. It maintained This is an outstanding work of masssie history, featuring a detailed account of the gradually deteriorating relationship between Britain and Germany from the midth century up to the outbreak of WWI.

He spent as much free time as he possibly could at his small country cottage with his wife, and waxed poetic about communing with nature while he fished the streams by his home.

dreqdnought Nevertheless, this is an extremely long book, and quite a commitment for anyone who is not totally obsessed with the topic. Here, two Jewish businessmen drwadnought a last-minute bid to ease the Anglo-German antagonism by inviting Lord Haldane for a mission. Join our mailing list. 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.


For those familiar with the facts of Robetr diplomacy and defence in the period ca. The men who influenced the policy and strategy of the naval world from their perspective nations and positions that they held within them.

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Despite the special emphasis he places on the role of sea power, the book doesn’t avoid relevant discussions of larger issues he, as the author is really driving at the myriad factors that conspired to bring about the conflict: Looking for More Great Reads?

From this vague but powerful instinct flowed the entente with France, the rebuilding of the Royal Navy, and the entente with Russia. It’s a small quibble with one of my favorite books. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It reminds you that, despite what political scientists want you to believe, that the decisions of our world, big and small, are made by people laboring under the universal human condition. History books often concentrate on proclamations, alliances and such. The book i A sweeping panorama by Robert Massie of England and Germany in the decades before the Great War, centered on the naval arms race that would be a major cause of the conflict HMS Dreadnought being the technical centerpiece of the day’s naval technology.

Credit to the author for his extensive research, but I found far too many characters and information to continue to be engaged and so therefore I would fall into a deep slumber. There is a theory in history – the Great Man theory – that events are shaped by personalities.

And it’s a history book that reads like a novel. It’s the old story of the two toughest kids on the block: From colonial disputes, secret treaties with former foes, high-wire diplomacy, and tit-for-tat building of the terrifyingly powerful dreadnought battleships. Untried at sea, but dreadnougut masterful commander of military bureaucracy, and an obsessive dancer.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Return to Book Page. Naval history buffs will find much of interest in Dreadnoughtas will anyone interested in the general history of the pre-war period. And don’t worry, we won’t send your details to anyone else.


Robert K. Massie

Massie backs up his book with almost one hundred pages of bibliography. Dreadnought by Robert K. After the final defeat of Napoleon inBritain faced no existential threats for around 50 years.

His Life and World. Nevertheless, this is an extremely long book, and quite Oct 18, M. It maintained only a tiny volunteer army that was dwarfed by its Continental counterparts.

It will come as a huge surprise how much effort was committed to stop the ball from rolling and how much personal despair the final outcome maseie to those involved once they realized that nothing could stop the events from unfolding. Jul 24, Bob H rated it it was amazing Shelves: He was president of the Authors Guild from to Part three will have the most appeal to those interested in matters naval, who were perhaps drawn by the title and have been suffering through more biography than they expected.

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. Much of it seems rather irrelevant, such as the British political reforms in the early 20th century which had little to do with the Navy or the war, and German history in the mid 19th. Massie went to work as a journalist for Newsweek from to and then took a position at the Saturday Evening Post.

The wealth of characters and anecdotes in this story is much to behold. These range from short paragraphs on minor figures to extended essays on the more important, and often become ends in themselves: