The Silent Deep, a history of the Royal Navy Submarine Service since 1945. Well, it started off interestingly, with chapters on the Perisher course and Cold War intelligence-gathering missions. Since then it has been epically tedious, detailing the achingly dull and yet predictable story of confusion, technological backwardness, inertia, mismanagement, inter- and intra-service fighting, and sucking up to the US, behind the UK Polaris fleet. The authors/editors don't seem to have grasped that including great verbatim chunks of bureaucratic memos does not make this any less dull.
the Starveling Cat! the Starveling Cat! look what it did! to your nice new hat!