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Dreadnought

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"A classic [that] covers superbly a whole era...Engrossing in its glittering gallery of characters". CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robert K. Massie has written a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century's first great arms race. 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. Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tratedy in his powerful narrative. Intimately human and dramatic, DREADNOUGHT is history at its most riveting.show more

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  • Paperback | 1040 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 48.26mm | 1,156.65g
  • Random House Publishing Group
  • Ballantine Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • w. ill. and map, photos on 32 plates.
  • 0345375564
  • 9780345375568
  • 447,395

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"A classic [that] covers superbly a whole era...Engrossing in its glittering gallery of characters." CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robert K. Massie has written a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century's first great arms race. 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. Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tratedy in his powerful narrative. Intimately human and dramatic, DREADNOUGHT is history at its most riveting.show more

About Robert K Massie

Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and studied American history at Yale and European history at Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991. His books include Nicholas and Alexandra; Peter the Great: His Life and World (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography); The Romanovs: The Final Chapter; Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War; Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea; and Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.show more

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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 Timesshow more

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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 Timesshow more

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4,471 ratings
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3 13% (576)
2 3% (117)
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