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By Robert K. Massie

In a piece of impressive narrative energy, packed with magnificent personalities and shiny scenes of dramatic motion, Robert ok. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of Peter the nice, Nicholas and Alexandra, and Dreadnought, elevates to its right old significance the function of sea energy within the successful of the good War.

The main picture of this primary global conflict is of dust and ditchs, barbed twine, laptop weapons, poison fuel, and slaughter. A new release of eu manhood was once massacred, and a wound used to be inflicted on ecu civilization that required the rest of the 20th century to heal.

But with all its sacrifice, trench conflict didn't win the warfare for one facet or lose it for the opposite. Over the process 4 years, the strains at the Western entrance moved scarcely in any respect; makes an attempt to wreck via led simply to the lengthening of the already unbearably lengthy casualty lists.

For the real tale of army upheaval, we needs to glance to the ocean. at the eve of the warfare in August 1914, nice Britain and Germany possessed the 2 maximum navies the area had ever noticeable. whilst conflict got here, those fleets of dreadnoughts—gigantic floating castles of metal capable of hurl significant shells at an enemy miles away—were able to attempt their poor strength opposed to each one other.

Their struggles came about within the North Sea and the Pacific, on the Falkland Islands and the Dardanelles. They reached their climax while Germany, suffocated by means of an implacable naval blockade, made up our minds to strike opposed to the British ring of metal. the end result used to be Jutland, a giant conflict of fifty-eight dreadnoughts, each one the house of 1000 men.

When the German excessive Seas Fleet retreated, the kaiser unleashed unrestricted U-boat struggle, which, in its indiscriminate violence, introduced a reluctant the United States into the struggle. during this means, the German attempt to “seize the trident” by way of defeating the British military resulted in the autumn of the German empire.

Ultimately, the distinguishing characteristic of Castles of metal is the writer himself. the information, realizing, and literary energy Massie brings to this tale are unheard of. His portrayals of Winston Churchill, the British admirals Fisher, Jellicoe, and Beatty, and the Germans Scheer, Hipper, and Tirpitz are beautiful of their veracity and artistry.

Castles of Steel is ready battle at sea, management and command, braveness, genius, and folly. some of these components are given fabulous scope through Robert okay. Massie’s particular and generally hailed literary mastery.

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It’s depressing in there. ” “I know what they’re going to say already,” she said. “‘It’s hard times. We’ve done the best we can. ’” HOW TO READ THE AIR 27 She slid her arm across the railing so that it was touch­ ing mine. ” “I didn’t think so. That’s not your style. You’re a brooder. Bill told me that he’s the one who told you to change the statements as they came in. ” “Yesterday a woman tried to tell me that she had eight chil­ dren, and that she needed to get visas for all of them. ” “And how old was she really?

If they’re from the west coast, then to be honest it doesn’t matter much to me. ” “We have a problem, then, here,” she said. “Being of AfricanAmerican descent and all . ” “I see what you’re saying. Your loyalties—” “West side all the way,” she said. We began to take lunch together in Chinatown almost every af­ ternoon. It was Angela who suggested that we do so, even though she claimed she hated the sight of the ducks strung by their necks roasting in the restaurant windows. “I’m part vegetarian,” she said.

Which is sort of like saying I’m part white because my grandfather was Irish. ” Over various bowls of shared noodles, we began to divide up our clients between the west side and east side. We split the HOW TO READ THE AIR 19 Africans first since they were the easiest. ” When we were finished we moved on to South Asia, which we cut in half evenly down the middle, which hardly mattered since all of our clients from that region were Pakistani to begin with. Central America was later carved up according to each state’s proximity to the Gulf, and then there were the smaller pockets of the world that we settled on a case-by-case basis.

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