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Churchill's War Lab: Code-Breakers, Scientists, and the the Mavericks Churchill Led to Victoryby Taylor Downing
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AHistory Book Club selection. As a young boy he re-enacted historic battles with toy soldiers, as a soldier he saw action on three continents, and as the Prime Minister only a direct edict from King George VI could keep him from joining the troops on D-Day.
Churchill's War Lab reveals how Churchill's passion for military history, his unique leadership style, and his patronization of radical new ideas would lead to new technology and new tactics that would save lives and enable an Allied victory. No war generated more incredible theories, more technical advances, more scientific leaps, or more pioneering work that lay the foundation for the post-war computer revolution. And it was Churchill's dogged determination and enthusiasm for revolutionary ideas that fuelled this extraordinary outpouring of British genius. From the coauthor of Cold War comes an exciting new take on Churchill's war leadership and the story of a complex, powerful and inventive war leader.
"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Analyzes the role of the World War II Prime Minister's passion for military history in shaping his wartime innovations and strategies, offering insight into his unique leadership style and patronization of radical new ideas to enable unprecedented technological advances. 25,000 first printing.
Analyzes the role of Churchill's passion for military history in shaping his wartime innovations and strategies, offering insight into his unique leadership style and patronization of radical new ideas to enable unprecedented technological advances.
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