This excellent book challenges most of the traditional interpretations of British naval policy in the period before the Great War . . . a masterful piece of historical dissection, beautifully structured and written with real elegance . . . this is quite a splendid book and one that it is hard to recommend too highly.
This is a superb, scholarly study. . . . Lambert provides a brilliant, incisive insight into the challenges of naval force development in a period of rapid change. . . . The tools of the trade that Lambert uses to construct his analysis are his remarkable-one might even say awesome-research, an interpretive skill that allows him to reconcile divergent threads that previous historians have been unable to knit together, and a competent narrative style.
This is a very good book and a very important one. . . . Lambert's command
of the primary sources is remarkable. . . . His treatment not only lays bare the superficial nature of much previous historical research in this era but also indicates the degree to which that superficiality has caused our understanding of the period to be profoundly flawed.
Explores the intrigue and negotiations between the British Navy and leading domestic reformers of the day, and their struggles over naval strategy, finance, and social reforms, focusing on the role of Admiral Sir John Fisher, the service head of the Admiralty from 1904 to 1910. Demonstrates the Fisher was appointed to his post because he was prepared to cut naval spending, and shows how he adopted a radically new approach to naval defense. Includes b&w historical photos. Lambert has held fellowships at Yale University, Wolfson College, Oxford, and Southampton University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)