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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The overriding image of the First World War is the bloody stalemate of the Western Front, but although much of the action did occur on land, the overall shape of the war - even the inevitability of British participation - arose out of its maritime character. It was essentially a struggle about access to worldwide resources, most clearly seen in the desperate German attempt ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 15th 2014 by US Naval Institute Press (first published 2001)
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Matt
Hands down one of my favorite books on the Naval War during the First World War. Very technical and in-depth. Friedman proposed some interesting arguments, especially in regards to Gallipoli, and I disagree with him a bit in his final conclusion when he makes some shortsighted comments about the war on land. Alas, nothing is ever pefect.

But, that is a minor complaint and doesn't take up nearly any time in this book.

To say I'm thrilled with this book would be an understatement. If you like techni
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Casey
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book covering all aspects of Naval Warfare in WW1, with Friedman's usual detailed, understandable analysis. Easily the best book I've read this year. Emphasizing his usual foundations of Naval Warfare (networks, command & control, and attrition), Friedman has three themed areas interspersed through the book: fleet battles, amphibious operations, and submarine warfare. The amount of detailed data Friedman presents is commendable, presenting a conflict far different from the North Sea stal ...more
Jerel Wilmore
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book about the technological and strategic considerations of the First World War at sea. It's very important to note that this book is NOT a narrative, so it does not read "like a story." If you want to read a great narrative of the naval rivalry between Great Britain and Germany during this period, I suggest "Castles of Steel" by Robert K. Massie.

Friedman's book delves into the various naval technologies available to, and developed by, the various naval powers in the First World Wa
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Boyd
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly Technical

Although the book was not what I expected, it is a great resource and I will consult it during other readings regarding this topic.

The book is very technical and not much of a narrative. Photo captions and notes are fantastically researched, but takes considerable processing time.

It took me a long time to finish reading the book. I did learn a great deal about The Great War naval technologies.
Tom
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the middle of research on Sir John Fisher and his battlecruiser, I found the OED of WWI naval information in this truly discursive source. It belong on the selves of any 20th Century Naval Historian. Superbly illustrated, as well!!!
Gil Hahn
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Many interting ideas and observations. Thorough to the point of tedium.
Jesse Callaghan
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an absolute beast of a book. Had a massive impact on my understanding of both the development of naval technology and the course of world war 1. Dense as hell though and takes a long time to chew through.
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Norman Friedman is a prominent naval analyst and the author of more than thirty books covering a range of naval subjects, from warship histories to contemporary defense issues.

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