Storm Eagle Studios
- Feb 18, 2006
- Reaction score
- Wakefield, LA
This is by far the best book on military history, whether land, sea, or air combat, that I have ever read. It's extremely well-thought out and extensively researched, which you'd certainly hope in a book of this size, and which you'd expect in any good military history. What sets this book apart, however, is the absolute wealth of material and how it's presented.Iam currently reading "The Rules of the Game" by Andrew Gordon ... I came on it as it is recommended by the Dreadnought Project Site. They say it is the best book on Jutland. And I must say, it is a good book.
It's obvious the author isn't a career historian--he writes far too well . I bet he's got some novels to his credit, and if he doesn't, he should. Gordon manages to make grogs think they're reading about Jutland for the 1st time. While the book's avowed purpose is exploration of the esoteric subject of the thought processes of Brit admirals at Jutland, and the arcana of fleet signalling, the overall narrative carries you pleasantly along like an action novel, thanks to the wealth of trivia and sarcastic lower deck comments thrown in to illustrate the consequences of the decisions of admirals and the environment they lived in. And there's even a huge cliff-hanger and long flashback interposed just at the battle's crisis point. I've never read a history book like this, and doubt I'll see another.