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

Robert K. Massie

I like battleships. The older the better. I really enjoyed Massie’s previous book on the subject, “Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War” So this book should be right in my wheelhouse (or conning tower). But it was a huge disappointment.

The book plods, it relies way too much on participants’ self-justifying after-war memoirs (especially Churchill’s), and it barely mentions anyone below the rank of captain. It reads like a book that was written to fulfill a contract rather than because of the author’s passion for the subject (unlike “Dreadnought”).

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