Book Review-‘The Scapegoat: The life and tragedy of a fighting admiral and Churchill’s role in his death’ by S. R. Dunn

By James Goldrick, published November 2020


he Scapegoat is the biography of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock, who was lost with the armoured cruisers Good Hope and Monmouth in an action off Coronel on the west coast of South America on 1 November 1914. The fact that this is a Book Guild work suggests that The Scapegoat is effectively self-published. It has all the hallmarks of an individual’s enthusiasm and herein lies something of a tragedy. The Scapegoat could have been a very much greater achievement had Steve Dunn not worked so much on his own. The author is obviously well-meaning. He has a deep interest in the period, has clearly worked hard to uncover what he could of the history of his subject and possesses real talent as a writer…

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