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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He lives in Irvington, New York show more. The bulk of it, however, consists of narrative accounts of the major political and diplomatic events in the two countries, mostly presented through biographical sketches of their politicians, diplomats and admirals. Please try again later. Mwssiepages.

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. Admittedly, there is some overlap between history and biography, because a good biography will include details of the historical setting of the person whose life a biographer is writing about, and vice versa.

Preview — Dreadnought by Robert K.

While nations of Europe sung as they marched to the slaughterhouse, most politicians wept. It is probably the most detailed account I have read on the the subject. It maintained only a tiny volunteer army that was dwarfed by its Continental counterparts.

Thus, as innocently as Wilhelm and his government presented their naval increases, Britain would always be forced to match with the grim knowledge that Germany, a country with whom they had no historic antagonisms, was their primary enemy at sea.

Looking for beautiful books? What a history book! Massie backs up his book with almost one hundred pages of bibliography.

Amazon Drive Cloud dreadmought from Amazon. There’s too much logistics, too much tangled statecraft, and Massie’s forte has always been the portrayal of human characters. And only once in the entire volume does Massie step away from simple descriptive narrative: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.


Oct 31, Liviu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Though the book does get bogged down from time to time in litanies of ship tonnage and gunnery, dfeadnought makes up for it with an equally am I doubt there’s ever been a book written that will help you understand the causes of World War I better. It is surprisingly readable — nice genial prose, and I only got bogged down when dreadnoughht Fascinating book, if you like pages of looming catastrophe, which I do.

Dreadnought by Robert K. Massie

Naval history buffs will find much of interest in Dreadnoughtas will anyone interested in the general history of the pre-war period. Share your thoughts with other customers. Massie’s style is engaging- often engrossing- and he manages the difficulty of relating such a complex and often convoluted narrative with many simultaneous events, each a part of a different subplot, fairly well.

Since Nelson and Trafalgar, the Royal Navy had ruled the waves.

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.

Typical PhD pissing contest, I suppose. Primarily the book is a history of England and Germany and it their leaders and officials.

True to his eloquent, clear and comprehensive style, Mr. A huge cast of characters from history was introduced to me, some familiar and some not known to me before reading this. Jan 21, Ryan rated it really liked it.

An excellent and in depth read which covers the lead up to the Great War with a specific naval edge. Don’t have a Kindle? Massie’s biography of Peter the Great probably a quarter-century dreadnoutht, and really enjoyed that book.


Rather, it is a score written for the saga of this book has been praised to seventh heaven and back, what can I add? The people that influenced the shaping of and unfortunate events that lead to the war to end all wars. When [Bismarck] complained of an upset stomach, [his wife] calmed him with foie gras.

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. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Given that, his focus on Germany and England makes a bit more sense as t 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.


Start reading Dreadnought on your Kindle in under a minute. Massie By Robert K. The book is highly readable throughout and despite its length never gets boring. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Mostly, the book deals with the ridiculous, expensive naval build-up between the naval powers between c. Dreadnaught is meticulously researched, and well-written, but I found it way, way too long. Write a customer review. Grey is most famous for his ominous words on the eve of the First World War.

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. Review Text “This is a book you are bound to enjoy. 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.

His Life and World: 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.

Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tratedy in his powerful narrative.

The best parts were the personal profiles of the main characters: Massie has produced an outstandingly readable volume; though it contains some nine hundred pages of text, it didn’t feel too long at all. Open Preview See a Problem?