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Dreadnought Paperback – Unabridged, September 15, 1992
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Dreadnaught is perhaps the most detailed account presently available in a single volume, and it is worth the time to read this fine book. From clshes in eastern Europe to north Africa that were precursors to global conflict, to the heads of state involved to the military leaders, this book covers the entire historical landscape that puts World War I in proper perspective.
Massie's work should remain the standard in its field for years to come. Though it is long, the reader will yearn for more when finished.
(The origins of World War II, in contrast, are somewhat less complicated- the Treaty of Versailles being the predominate cause of the greatest war mankind has ever fought.)
Author Robert Massie tries, and generally succeeds, in telling us about the events and personalities that precipitated the conflict. The isolationism of Great Britain, the rise of Imperial Germany, the ins and outs of pre-war British politics, etc. The heart of the book is Massie's description of the Dreadnought program- the brainchild of Admiral Jack Fisher -which was an attempt to build a battleship that would revolutionize naval combat and keep England safe from invasion. Instead, the Dreadnought kicked off an arms race between England and Germany that contributed mightily to WWI.
Massie is, to say the least, a through historian. Everything is in here that could have played even the slightest role in bringing about the conflict. One senses that there is indeed too much information here. How important really was the political dispute over Imperial Preference, a proposal which would have given tariff preferences to British colonies over other imports, to the causing of the First World War? It is a fascinating tale, perhaps worthy of its own book, but hardly of great consequence here.
However, one cannot fault Massies thoroughness or prose, for Dreadnought is a readable book that is probably the definitive work on the cause of the First World War. Outstanding. A book that any student of history can be very enthusiastic about.
The most compelling of these narratives and the most interesting exposition of personality must be the storyline concerning the Kaiser, William II. Alternatively child-like in his petulance and his longing on approval from his family (that being the English royal family) and regal in the assertion of his imperial prerogative and in his capricious vanity, William is flawed, but ultimately likable.
This volume is powered by dozens of other richly textured character studies on both the English and German sides from Otto von Bismarck and Queen Victoria to Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz and Winston Churchill.
Personally, I am a fan of naval history (or more generally, the history of technologies and warfare) as well as a fan of general history. For the naval buffs, I would recommend the sequel to this volume: CASTLES OF STEEL, over this work. However, for general history, you won't find anything better than DREADNOUGHT.
Jeremy W. Forstadt
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Dreadnought, Britain, Germany, & the Coming of the Great War [World War I], Robert Massie [1929- ]; Ballantine Books [Random House 1991] (1992 paperback). Read morePublished 1 day ago by Donald P. Reed
I loved it, but it was something of an indulgence. There is no overarching theme, not a word about the larger societal context in which these events occurred, but if you like... Read morePublished 4 days ago by The Imperialist
Wonderful author. Offers tremendous insights and research. Though very large volume, it is a hard to put down read!!! Highly recommend works by Robert Massie!Published 5 days ago by Doc4d
Must reading for those wishing to understand the personalities and forces leading to the two calamitous World Wars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Douglas F. Galantr Corporation
This is a book that took me nearly twenty years to finish. I first remember attempting to read this when I was ten and giving up. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. T. Yoshida
A thorough & riveting account of the events leading up to WWI, beginning in the late 19th century. The author assembled an immense basis of facts about both the political and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mitchell Rodman
The main title of Robert K. Massie’s Dreadnought – Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War is a bit deceptive, the subtitle is what the book is truly about. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mac McCormick III