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Head of Zeus
01 Sep 2013 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781781856680

The brilliant, definitive account of the naval arms race that made World War One inevitable.

Non Fiction / HBLW (Modern History)
Extent: 1040 pages
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Also by Robert K. Massie
Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great Warby Robert K. Massie

From colonial disputes, secret treaties with former foes, high-wire diplomacy, and tit-for-tat building of the terrifyingly powerful dreadnought battleships. DREADNOUGHT is a dramatic re-creation of the diplomatic and military brinkmanship that preceded, and made inevitable, the outbreak of the first world war.

Massie brings to vivid life such historical figures as the single-minded Admiral von Tirpitz, the young, ambitious, Winston Churchill, the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bulow, and many others. The relationship between Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm is particularly intriguing. Wilhelm's admiration, and even envy, for everything British, was to play an important part in the events to come. Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy in his powerful narrative. Intimately human and dramatic, DREADNOUGHT is history at its most riveting.

Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929. He studied American History at Yale University and Modern European History at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes scholar. He lives in Irvington, New York.

'Tells the story with energy and attention to detail, especially human detail. It has not been told so well before.' Literary Review

'He has the supreme gift of making history live in simple, readable language.' Observer

'This is a book you are bound to enjoy... narrative history at its very best' Financial Times

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