Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea

Front Cover
Head of Zeus, Sep 1, 2013 - History - 880 pages
62 Reviews

On the eve of the war in August 1914, Great Britain and Germany possessed the two greatest navies the world had ever seen: two fleets of dreadnoughts - gigantic 'castles of steel' able to hurl massive shells at an enemy miles away - were ready to test their terrible power against each other.

They skirmished across the globe before Germany, suffocated by an implacable naval blockade, decided to definitively strike against the British ring of steel. The result was Jutland, a titanic clash of fifty-eight dreadnoughts, each holding 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: the German effort to "seize the trident" led to the fall of the German empire.

Massie's 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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
31
4 stars
25
3 stars
5
2 stars
1
1 star
0

This was a well researched and well presented book. - Goodreads
This is a great overview of the naval war in WWI. - Goodreads
This massive book is extensively and well researched. - Goodreads
Excellent overview of naval operations in World War I. - Goodreads

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Dreadnought was Mr. Massie's book relating to a more diplomatic portrait of the world before August, 1914. This book does concentrate on the naval side of the great conflict, andf I found it a good ... Read full review

Review: Castles of Steel

User Review  - Stephen - Goodreads

Everyone's recipe for cooking up the First World War is slightly different, but one essential ingredient is that of the arms races between various countries, especially the Anglo-Germanic quest for ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

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.

Bibliographic information