BookPick: From the Dreadnought to Scapa FlowArthur J Marder was a distinguished historian of the modern Royal Navy, publishing some fifteen major works on British naval history. He died in 1980.
Despite recent major contributions from more modern historians Marder’s books are justly regarded by many as the definitive history of naval events leading up to and including the Great War and are to my mind still some of the most readable detailed accounts.
Five volumes constitute his monumental “From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow” :
- Vol. 1 The Road to War 1904-1914
Vol. 2 To the Eve of Jutland
Vol. 3 Jutland and After: May to December 1916
Vol. 4 1917: Year of Crisis
Vol. 5 Victory and Aftermath: 1918-1919
All five books have been reprinted in paperback and the publisher is to be commended for bringing Marder to a new generation of historians and general readers.