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  • Published: 1 March 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099523789
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 880
  • RRP: $32.99

Castles Of Steel

Britain, Germany and the Winning of The Great War at Sea




Castles of Steel - by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Dreadnought -'is decidedly a battleship book: stately, immense and telling a mighty story mightily.' Jan Morris, New Statesman

In August 1914 the two greatest navies in the world confronted each other across the North Sea. At first there were skirmishes, then battles off the coasts of England and Germany and in the far corners of the world, including the Falklands. The British attempted to force the Dardanelles with battleships - which led to the Gallipoli catastrophe. As the stalemate on the ground on the Western Front continued, the German Navy released a last strike against the British 'ring of steel'. The result was Jutland, a titanic and brutal battle between dreadnoughts. The knowledge, understanding and literary power Robert K. Massie brings to this story is unparalleled. There will never again be a war like this in which seagoing monsters hurl shells at each other until one side is destroyed. The story is driven by some of the most dramatically intriguing personalities in history: Churchill and Jacky Fisher, Jellicoe and Beatty. And then there were the powerful Germans - von Pohl, Scheer, Hipper, and the grand old fork-bearded genius Tirpitz. Castles of Steel is a book about leadership and command, bravery and timidity, genius and folly, qualities which are of course displayed magnificently by Robert K. Massie's literary mastery.

  • Pub date: 1 March 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099523789
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 880
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Robert K. Massie

Robert Massie is of course the Pulitzer Prize winning author of PETER THE GREAT, NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDER, and DREADNAUGHT. He lives in Irvington, New York with his wife Deborah Karl and their children.


Praise for Castles Of Steel

“Gripping stuff”

Charles Osbourne, Sunday Telegraph


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