The Resource Castles of steel : Britain, Germany, and the winning of the Great War at sea, Robert K. Massie

Castles of steel : Britain, Germany, and the winning of the Great War at sea, Robert K. Massie

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Castles of steel : Britain, Germany, and the winning of the Great War at sea
Title
Castles of steel
Title remainder
Britain, Germany, and the winning of the Great War at sea
Statement of responsibility
Robert K. Massie
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In a work of extraordinary narrative power, filled with brilliant personalities and vivid scenes of dramatic action, Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and Dreadnought, elevates to its proper historical importance the role of sea power in the winning of the Great War. The predominant image of this first world war is of mud and trenches, barbed wire, machine guns, poison gas, and slaughter. A generation of European manhood was massacred, and a wound was inflicted on European civilization that required the remainder of the twentieth century to heal. But with all its sacrifice, trench warfare did not win the war for one side or lose it for the other. Over the course of four years, the lines on the Western Front moved scarcely at all; attempts to break through led only to the lengthening of the already unbearably long casualty lists. For the true story of military upheaval, we must look to the sea. On the eve of the war in August 1914, Great Britain and Germany possessed the two greatest navies the world had ever seen. When war came, these two fleets of dreadnoughts-gigantic floating castles of steel able to hurl massive shells at an enemy miles away-were ready to test their terrible power against each other. Their struggles took place in the North Sea and the Pacific, at the Falkland Islands and the Dardanelles. They reached their climax when Germany, suffocated by an implacable naval blockade, decided to strike against the British ring of steel. The result was Jutland, a titanic clash of fifty-eight dreadnoughts, each the home of a thousand men. When the German High Seas Fleet retreated, the kaiser unleashed unrestricted U-boat warfare, which, in its indiscriminate violence, brought a reluctant America into the war. In this way, the German effort to "seize the trident" by defeating the British navy led to the fall of the German empire. Ultimately, the distinguishing feature of Castles of Steel is the author himself. The knowledge, understanding, and literary power Massie brings to this story are unparalleled. His portrayals of Winston Churchill, the British admirals Fisher, Jellicoe, and Beatty, and the Germans Scheer, Hipper, and Tirpitz are stunning in their veracity and artistry. Castles of Steel is about war at sea, leadership and command, courage, genius, and folly. All these elements are given magnificent scope by Robert K. Massie's special and widely hailed literary mastery
Summary
The author continues his study of early twentieth-century military and naval history in an analysis of the confrontation between the two most powerful navies in the world as the British and Germans clashed at sea during World War I
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2003
Action
digitized
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
158672
Cataloging source
TEFOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1929-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Massie, Robert K.
Dewey number
940.4/5941
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D581
LC item number
.M37 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
Target audience
adult
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Britain, Germany, and the winning of the Great War at sea
Label
Castles of steel : Britain, Germany, and the winning of the Great War at sea, Robert K. Massie
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=285&titleID=36659
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Publication
Note
Continuation of R.K. Massie's Dreadnaughts
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 821-829) and index
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn430738881
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 865 pages, [16] pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781588363206
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps.
Publisher number
EB00165010
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
B9B817CF-3D27-4F8F-A489-FAD24BA0B2B8
System control number
(OCoLC)430738881
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Castles of steel : Britain, Germany, and the winning of the Great War at sea, Robert K. Massie
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=285&titleID=36659
Publication
Note
Continuation of R.K. Massie's Dreadnaughts
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 821-829) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn430738881
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 865 pages, [16] pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781588363206
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps.
Publisher number
EB00165010
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
B9B817CF-3D27-4F8F-A489-FAD24BA0B2B8
System control number
(OCoLC)430738881
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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