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The Great War at Sea: 1914 - 1918 by [Hough, Richard]
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The history of the First World War is dominated by the monumental battles of Northern France

But the Great War was fought at sea as well as on land.

And it witnessed the greatest naval battle of all time.

In 'The Great War At Sea: 1914-1918', the historian Richard Hough tells the story of those naval battles and how they shaped the eventual outcome of the war.

It is a history as much of men as of ships; men like Sir John Jellicoe, 'Jacky' Fisher, and Winston Churchill, who together succeeded in jolting the Royal Navy out of its nineteenth-century complacency.

The narrative follows the race to war, including the construction of the Dreadnought, the biggest, fastest, most heavily gunned battleship in the world; and against the backdrop of feuds, scheming, and personality clashes at the Admiralty, examines the triumphs and tragedies of the great battles and campaigns.

Could the appalling losses have been avoided during the Dardanelles?

Was there 'something wrong with our bloody ships' as David Beatty said at Jutland?

Why was the Battle of Jutland inconclusive?

'A truly excellent history, technical enough for the specialist, handy and well-found for laymen, and since the Silent Service could normally be relied on for its quota of personality clashes and blazing rows, human interest is well-served. So too is drama.' Christopher Wordsworth, The Observer

'An admirable book which everyone interested in the history of the war should read' - The Glasgow Herald

Richard Alexander Hough was a British author and historian specializing in maritime history.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.

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  • Print Length: 391 pages
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  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (Oct. 15 2013)
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  • Language: English
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Written so anyone can understand it, not a heavy tome, it would be a useful study book for highschool students who have NO sense of History. Obviously a 'scanned' copy of the original printed text because many words simply make no sense.........you must interpret the original letters or word to make it come together. All in all, worth the price paid.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3d55f8c) out of 5 stars 36 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3c4b774) out of 5 stars Needs proofreading Jan. 7 2014
By W. Corea - Published on Amazon.com
Four stars for content, two for execution.

While the content of the book is very good, and covers a somewhat novel subject, the "typographical" errors are glaring. Every word that should start with a small "d", starts instead with "cl". The most egregious error is the word "Ford" which should be "Lord" as in "First Sea Ford". It is obvious that no native speaker of English read the text after it was scanned. I'm glad I could get this "on loan" for free. If I had paid even $3.99 for it, I would have been very disappointed!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3c4bb7c) out of 5 stars Masterfully written, but poorly, poorly presented... Dec 9 2013
By Grumpus - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a masterful work, insightful and authoritative. UNFORTUNATELY, someone in the publishing side thought Optical Character Recognition works error-free and scanned in the manuscript, rather than copying a digital text file.. The first time I read, "They went clown again," I stopped and tried to figure out what the author was trying to say. Then it dawned on me they mean "They went down again." And off I went, clowning away, enjoying the book and cursing the publisher. The First Sea Ford might have enjoyed it, along with Admiral .Jellicoe (I didn't remember his having a period before his last name, but it's found fairly consistently throughout the book). If I were an Amazon executive, I would pull this from the shelf, have someone proofread it -- the errors are many but repetitive and easily correctable -- and put it on offer again with "Clean Sweep Edition" in red on the cover photo.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3c4bfa8) out of 5 stars Terribly Flawed Dec 22 2013
By Harold Tisdale - Published on Amazon.com
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It is somewhat difficult to be objective on the work because the Kindle text is in desperate need of a proof reader. A sinking ship does no "go clown" it goes down. Jackie Fisher's title was Lord Fisher NOT Ford Fisher. And no warship ever carried a 'g inch' gun.

As for content, multiple chapters on Jutland but less than a full chapter on the U-boat war?

On the plus side, a lot of information on the political/administrative side of the RN. The meddling and micro-management of Churchill coming in for pointed and deserved critisism.

Predictably British in outlook, Hough is not dismissive of the courage and dedication of the German sailors and shows appropriate respect for leaders like Graf von Spee and Hipper. Rather less so for the top brass.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3c4bfc0) out of 5 stars The content is a 5*, however the lack of proofreading sinks the book. ... Dec 2 2013
By David Ecale - Published on Amazon.com
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I am in the process of reading the book now. So far as I can tell, the subject matter and the content are great. It covers quite a bit of territory quite well. More detail on this later as I finish the book.

A special note: This book is of British origin and uses British English spelling. This is completely acceptable and I have no complaint about this usage. It's the total and inept lack of close proofreading after being digitized by the OCR that I take umbrage with:

Now for the proof reading, and it's total lack thereof:

1) Split names: Batten berg
2) Miss-identified letters: lire/fire; cast/east; "called fix a pilot"/"called for a pilot"; "Naval war Stall"/"Naval War Staff"; Stan/Staff f1agship/flagship; snow-dad/snow-clad; whv/why; hack/back; ...
3) Weird extra "." as in ".Jellicoe" in may places instead of simply "Jellicoe" at the start of sentences. ".Milne", too. Also "Battenberg ..Many" More throughout the book
4) The presence of hyphenated words in a free form script format where the tablet automatically adjusts ihe word spacing (ex. conside- rations & accommoda- tion ... others abound)
5) Goofed positioning of hyphens, ex. and- <<stuff>> - <<more stuff>> as opposed to "and -"

More to follow. ...

// Added 3 Dec 13: Gaaaaaa.... !!! The OCR errors get even better! The "Sea Fords" ... Who knew that the British Admiralty was infused with a bunch of Tin Lizzies from River Rouge running the show? //

One technical point so far: Jellicoe becomes Admiral in charge of the Grand Fleet at 54. ... A few paragraphs later, we are told that he reached Flag Rank (ie. Admiral) at the age of fifty-seven! Sheesh!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3c4bfe4) out of 5 stars Flawed, but otherwise excellent Nov. 25 2013
By R. Colbourne - Published on Amazon.com
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This well written and informative book certainly deserves more than 3 stars, but, what seems, the total lack of editing forces me to remove stars from this brief review. There are so many grammatical errors that detract from uninterrupted reading that it's near shameful. Other than that, the book offers not only a progressive history of the sea battles of WW1, but also a look behind the curtain at the political, and military, blunders, and the unhealthy egos of the leaders who made them, both political and military. Pity the poor fighting men in the ranks.