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 by Robert K. His Life and World by Robert K. Yet, for all the dreanought, Kipling may have helped distract the British populace from the vast naval buildup taking place, and the fact that Imperial Germany, on the move sincewas about to surpass Great Britain in raw production of coal and steel, but soon in naval weight and might and cutting-edge technology.

Book ratings by Goodreads. He is later succeeded, in msssie sense, by Kaiser William II. When King Edward visited Germany in”[t]he visit was plagued by mishaps. 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 man greeted his visitors, declared that he was delighted to see them, and then said, “And now what would you like to do? The good news is that First the bad news — this book is not, strictly speaking, about the topic alluded to by the title.

True to his eloquent, clear and comprehensive style, Mr. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I am not sure most readers need as much informaiton about the minutae of the players of the time.


Feb 24, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Here, the mercurial Fisher prevails thanks to his good rappport with the King, beset on all sides by powerful opponents within the naval establishment. Open Preview See a Problem? Then there was England and France’s Entente Cordiale, an informal agreement triggered by France’s engagement with Germany, which was, in turn, implicated by Germany’s invasion of Belgium which was thought necessary to win any war with France.

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Dreadnought : Britain,Germany and the Coming of the Great War

Many of these states actually exchanged ambassadors with one another. Jun 12, Kym Robinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not for nothing have many prior reviewers noted that the title I don’t read a lot of history, but when I do I want it to matter.

Filled in all the details I’ll ever want to know about a dreadbought of history that I only had a fuzzy modicom of knowlege of. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

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Even more impressive are the scores of secondary characters that light up this rich account. Dreadnought almost completely ignores economic and social history.

Jan 29, Jill Hutchinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a huge book ok the title Dreadnought implies huge The personalities are every bit as vivid and well-drawn as in his Nicholas and Alexandra or his Peter the Great: The title Dreadnought should be changed to Dreadful.

Here, the Kaiser’s unruly horse ruins the majesty of his entry in Tangier; six years later a solitary, frustrated German merchant waves the gunboat “Panther” to shore in order to justify an armed intervention in Morocco. When [Bismarck] complained of an upset stomach, [his wife] calmed him with foie gras.


How did it all begin? The book is highly readable throughout and despite its length never gets boring. 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. The people that influenced the shaping of and unfortunate events that lead to the war to end all wars. I came to a realization last night that almost every time I open this book, I’m put into a catatonic coma shortly after reading for about 30 minutes.

Massie backs up his book with almost one hundred pages of bibliography. What makes this book so great is that Massie goes beyond policies and digs deep into the personalities of the naval and political leadership of both Britain and Germany.


As such, this is an excellent book for a fuller understanding of the causes of the war and msssie political and cultural landscapes which nursed it along. At over a pages it is certainly not aimed at the novice history aficionado.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages dreadnouhht help you find your new favourite book. For those fascinated by British or German political history and biography during the period, however, it will be a real treat.

Sep 14, Soul Survivor rated it really liked it.