Churchill's War Lab: Code Breakers, Boffins and Innovators: the Mavericks Who Brought Britain Victory

Churchill's War Lab: Code Breakers, Boffins and Innovators: the Mavericks Who Brought Britain Victory

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by Taylor Downing
     
 

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The essential book on Churchill's passion for innovation and the science of war —from codes to radar to bouncing bombs.

indefatigable patriot, seasoned soldier, incomparable orator, and, with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, leader of men —Winston Churchill's greatness in the allies' triumphant victory in World War ii is undisputed. yet, of his many unique

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The essential book on Churchill's passion for innovation and the science of war —from codes to radar to bouncing bombs.

indefatigable patriot, seasoned soldier, incomparable orator, and, with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, leader of men —Winston Churchill's greatness in the allies' triumphant victory in World War ii is undisputed. yet, of his many unique qualities, Churchill's enduring legacy is attributable at least in equal part to his unshakeable fascination for the science of war.

Churchill's War Lab reveals how Churchill's passion for military history, his inimitable leadership style, and his dedicated support of radical ideas would lead to new technologies and tactics that would enable an allied victory. no war generated more incredible theories, technical advances, and scientific leaps. from the development of radar and the decoding brilliance of Bletchley Park to the study of the D-Day beaches and the use of bouncing bombs, Churchill's War Lab is an exciting new take on Churchill as a complex, powerful, and inventive war leader.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While Churchill's biography is the narrative force behind this book, great emphasis is placed on the technological advances made by scientific advisors in both World Wars. These included the methods for code-breaking, the first armored tanks, and the earliest radar systems, to name a few. Downing provides brief biographies of Churchill's most influential scientific advisors, including Professor Frederick Lindemann, later named Lord Cherwell, a physicist who headed the Statistical Branch. Henry Tizard, an early advocate of radar and later scientific ambassador to America, and Alan Turing, a mathematician instrumental in decoding, are among the many other advisors discussed. Churchill's most valuable generals are also recognized, including Gen. Alan Brooke and Gen. Bernard Montgomery. Most of the text, however, is dedicated to the Prime Minister himself and the details of his illustrious career. Descriptions of his meetings with Roosevelt and Stalin are particularly interesting, and the events surrounding D-Day, code-named "Overlord," make for an exciting read. Readers interested in the early stages of technological warfare will certainly find many worthwhile details in this book. For Churchill experts, though, this is probably familiar ground. (June)
Library Journal
World War II saw the introduction of numerous new weapons and procedures, with the British prime minister desperate for ways to counter German strength. Churchill enthusiastically supported experiments, new military units, changes in procedures, and unorthodox thinkers who had been disregarded by the establishment. Downing (Battlestations: War Winning Weapons of the Second World War) shows here how, unlike President Roosevelt, Churchill took great pleasure in the details of weapons development and military operations. World War II was as much a scientific/mental war as one of sheer force, and Churchill strove to exploit British advantages. Downing reminds readers how Churchill's own military career had been marked by independence and daring. This well-researched book, organized by broad themes (e.g., the air war, the naval war), focuses on the contentious interactions between Churchill and his exasperated top officers and war cabinet, who resented his energetic interference in their departments. It is a good overview of how a visionary leader must encourage and coordinate the talents of various personalities and organizations to achieve a common goal. Readers will also enjoy Stuart Macrae's recently republished Winston Churchill's Toyshop. VERDICT General readers from high school up will enjoy this fast-paced and informative book. It won't give new information to specialists, but they may enjoy it nonetheless.—Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590205655
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
06/02/2011
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,417,093
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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