Castles of Steel
Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
By (author) Robert K. Massie
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Castles of Steel by Robert K. Massie
Book DescriptionIn August 1914, the two greatest navies in the world confronted each other across the North Sea. At first there were skirmishes, then battles off the coasts of England and Germany and in the far corners of the world, including the Falklands. The British attempted to force the Dardanelles with battleships - which led to the Gallipoli catastrophe. As the stalemate on the ground on the Western Front continued, the German Navy released a last strike against the British 'ring of steel'. The result was Jutland, a titanic and brutal battle between dreadnoughts.The knowledge, understanding and literary power Robert K. Massie brings to this story is unparalleled. There will never again be a war like this in which seagoing monsters hurl shells at each other until one side is destroyed. The story is driven by some of the most dramatically intriguing personalities in history: Churchill and Jacky Fisher, Jellicoe and Beatty. And then there were the powerful Germans - von Pohl, Scheer, Hipper, and the grand old fork-bearded genius Tirpitz. "Castles of Steel" is a book about leadership and command, bravery and timidity, genius and folly, qualities which are of course displayed magnificently by Robert K. Massie's literary mastery.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099523789
(198mm x 129mm x 37mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Book Review: Castles of Steel by Robert K. Massie - Reviewed by Boomert (13 Jan 2010)
Robert Massie is a Pulitzer Prize winning author of biographies and naval history. Castles of Steel follows his earlier work Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War, as an equally fascinating account of the naval war at sea between 1914 and 1918. Castles of Steel combines a generally chronological narrative with character sketches of many of the principal actors and personal descriptions of significant events. It is this approach which makes the book stand apart from the very many others that cover some, or all, of the naval aspects of World War I.
At 865 pages, the book is a substantial volume. But it is an easy and sometimes compelling read. The narrative flows very well and is certainly enhanced by the frequent personal accounts of battles – whether at sea or within the British and German war Cabinets.
The bibliography is extensive and contains many biographical and autobiographical works from both sides of the...
Author Biography - Robert K. Massie
Robert Massie is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, Dreadnought and The Romanovs: The Final Chapter. He lives in Irvington, New York.
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