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

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A gripping chronicle of the personal and political rivalries from the birth of Queen Victoria to the unification of Germany during the decades leading up to WW1 from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie

2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. How did it all begin?

With the biographer's rare genius for expressing the essence of extraordinary lives, Massie brings to life a crowd of glittering figures: the young, ambitious Winston Churchill; the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bülow; Britain's greatest twentieth-century Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey; and Jacky Fisher, the eccentric admiral who revolutionised the British Navy and brought forth the battleship, H.M.S. Dreadnought. Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstanding and tensions, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy in this powerful narrative. Intimately human and dramatic, Dreadnought is history at its most riveting.

'History at its best, a fantastic mix of anecdote, observation and intelligent thinking' Dan Snow, Daily Express

Book information

ISBN: 9780099524021
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 940.311
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 1007
Weight: 748g
Height: 198mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 47mm