A gripping chronicle of the private and nationwide rivalries that resulted in the 20th century’s first nice fingers race, from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Ok. Massie
With the biographer’s uncommon genius for expressing the essence of ordinary lives, Massie brings to existence a crowd of glittery figures: the only-minded Admiral von Tirpitz; the younger, bold Winston Churchill; the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bülow; Britain’s biggest 20th-century international secretary, Sir Edward Gray; and Jacky Fisher, the eccentric admiral who revolutionized the British military and taken forth the primary real battleship, the H.M.S. Dreadnought.
Their tale, and the tale of the technology, full of misunderstandings, overlooked possibilities, and occasions resulting in unintentional conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy on this robust narrative. In detail human and dramatic, Dreadnought is historical past at its such a lot riveting.
Praise for Dreadnought
Dreadnought is historical past within the grand method, as the general public like it: how folks formed, or have been formed by means of, occasions.”Time
“A vintage [that] covers fantastically an entire technology . . . engrossing in its glittering gallery of characters.”Chicago Solar-Times
“[Told] on a grand scale . . . Massie [is] a grasp of historic portraiture and anecdotage.”The Wall Boulevard Journal
“Good on the whole thing he writes approximately ships and the ocean. It’s Massie’s eye for element that makes his nautical set items so marvelously evocative.”Los Angeles Times