Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea Paperback – November 2, 2004
The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From The New Yorker
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The book begins with the final days of peace in July 1914, when Europe realized that the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand was about to trigger a major war. Massie describes the calculations of the British and German leadership as they moved toward conflict. One of Massie's greatest skills as a writer is his ability to create short but thorough biographical sketches, seen here most vividly in his treatments of Jellicoe and Beatty, the men who were to lead the British Grand Fleet. Massie also has an eye for odd humorous moments, as in his amusing description of the trick a German ship played on an unsuspecting French colony soon after war was declared.
After the war actually begins Massie focusses on the manuevers of the British and German fleets as they prepare for action. Another narrative track traces the steps of the politicians like Winston Churchill and Prince Louis of Battenberg who are setting war policy. Massie's main focus is on the British, and he thoroughly analyzes successes like the Battle of Dogger Bank and disasters like the Gallipoli landings. The climax of the book is the Battle of Jutland in 1916, which was the only major clash between the two navies. Massie also documents the submarine war and details how it eventually brought the United States into the conflict. The last few pages of the book describes the scuttling of the surrendered German fleet at Scapa Flow, symbolic of the enormous waste caused by the whole conflict.
Castles of Steel is a fitting companion to Dreadnought and will certainly be considered one of the most comprehensive, yet accessible, histories of the Great War.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a solid book on the naval war between Britain and Germany during World War I. The popular imagination for the War at Sea during this period is U-boats and Jutland, when... Read morePublished 25 days ago by dthomasreader
The narrative style of writing in this period of history helps to introduce readers to the different characters involved in the drama. Enjoyed reading it thoroughly.Published 1 month ago by Asmadi
I didn't think I was interested in WW I. I had a hard time putting this book down. All the variables to keep track of, ship speed, gun range, weather. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve Oostema
Not quite finished with the book as of yet, but at this point the five stars stand...Published 5 months ago by Dennis Thompson
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 6 months ago by Doc4d
Somewhat boring. Details of battles need to be summarized.... Yawn...Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer