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Castles of Steel by Robert K. Massie
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Feb 19, 12

it was amazing

At close to 800 pages long, and with small-size print, ‘Castles of Steel’ is a hefty read, but an enjoyable one. Given that the First World War is better known for the war in the trenches, it is interesting to learn more about how the conflict was fought on the seas. This book covers the battles and skirmishes that took place off the coasts of Britain and Germany, the battle at the Falkland Islands, the British attempt to force the Dardanelles, and the effect that new technologies – such as submarines, aircraft carriers, and mines – had on naval strategy.

Massie takes the time to put each engagement into context, making the book very easy to understand, even if you have little knowledge of the period or of naval warfare in general. He puts a human face on the events by providing rich biographical portraits of the major personalities involved, and the result is a very readable and informative book.

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