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The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Richard J. Evans
Progress: 219/928 pages
Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888
John C. G. Röhl
Progress: 229/1016 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 27 out of 304 pages.

Congress Buys a Navy: Politics, Economics, and the Rise of American Naval Power, 1881-1921 - Paul E. Pedisich

I'm two chapters in, and so far it feels like an extended introduction to the book promised in the subtitle. Fewer potted biographies of presidents and navy secretaries and more description of "politics, economics, and the rise of American naval power" would make this a much better book.