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This is a narrow focused monograph well developped using an abundance of primary sources. The research is very impressive, the arguments quite solid. For anyone with an interest in the subject it is a most welcome addition, showing that although the causes leading to the First World war are numerous, the naval arms race was always in the minds of the political and military hierarchies in Great Britain and Germany between 1898 and 1914. This book exposes how this played out. My own personal bias ...more
A favourite on this topic it is concise but brilliantly written, capturing the passion and urgency of these events with a Kiplingesque energy. While clearly lionising Fisher and Edward VII at the expense of Tirpitz and the Kaiser it is hard not to argue that the court of history has dealt the 'villians' of this piece an equally ignoble verdict. ...more
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