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Dreadnought by Robert K. Massie
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Sep 15, 1992 | ISBN 9780345375568

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Dreadnought is history in the grand manner, as most people prefer it: how people shaped, or were shaped by, events.”Time
“A classic [that] covers superbly a whole era . . . engrossing in its glittering gallery of characters.”Chicago Sun-Times
“[Told] on a grand scale . . . Massie [is] a master of historical portraiture and anecdotage.”The Wall Street Journal
“Brilliant on everything he writes about ships and the sea. It is Massie’s eye for detail that makes his nautical set pieces so marvelously evocative.”Los Angeles Times

Author Essay

Robert Massie’s DREADNOUGHT is one of the really great history reads of the last decade.

As Europe prepared for The Great War, Massie takes us through the great naval arms race. The parallel between the US/Russian nuclear arms race and the British/German arms race is inescapable. What makes this book such a special experience is the depth of character Massie explores of all those who make up the diplomatic and naval history that DREADNOUGHT depicts.  The relationship between Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm is particularly intriguing. Wilhelm’s admiration, and even envy, for everything  British, obviously played an important part in the events to come.

The portrait of Jackie Fisher, First  Sea Lord, a man who brought monumental changes to the British Navy, is worth the price of admission.

As Director of Production at Ballantine, it is such a privilege to be part of the team that participates in bringing to a large audience such a great piece of writing.

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