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That pretty much sums up the event. The writing is alternatively florid and overwrought and there is much that seems like invented dialog. I can't recommend this book, even though it is cheap.
As for Dowling's book, it's just old enough to have become part of the conventional wisdom and to be a little undercut by the new scholarship coming out for the centennial of the Great War; it might have had more impact on me a decade or so ago.
Regarding Jordan even he apparently wasn't sure that he had that much original to say with this book but there is the twist that he takes the Washington Treaty regime and the circumstances that called it into being seriously, which tends not to be the case.