When published in hardcover in 1997, this book was praised for providing an engrossing education not only in naval strategy and tactics but in Victorian social attitudes and the influence of character on history. In juxtaposing an operational with a cultural theme, the author comes closer than any historian yet to explaining what was behind the often described operations of this famous 1916 battle at Jutland. Although the British fleet was victorious over the Germans, the cost in ships and men was high, and debates have raged within British naval circles ever since about why the Royal Navy was unable to take advantage of the situation. In this book Andrew Gordon focuses on what he calls a fault-line between two incompatible styles of tactical leadership within the Royal Navy and different understandings of the rules of the games.
Foreword by Admiral Sir John Woodward.
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About Andrew Gordon
Andrew Gordon is a distinguished British naval historian, best known for his widely praised The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command, chosen by General James Mattis as one of the thirty books every military leader should read. Gordon teaches at the Joint Services Command and Staff College of King’s College London, is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and spent two years as Class of ’57 Distinguished Chair of Naval Heritage at the US Naval Academy.
About Nigel Patterson
Nigel Patterson, British audiobook narrator and AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has many credits as a stage, screen, and voiceover actor that influence his powerful characterization across a broad range of genres. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he is fluent in French and Spanish.