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Blackett's War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare

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The exciting history of a small group of British and American scientists who, during World War II, developed the new field of operational research to turn back the tide of German submarines—revolutionizing the way wars are waged and won.

In March 1941, after a year of unbroken and devastating U-boat onslaughts, the British War Cabinet decided to try a new strategy in the foundering naval campaign. To do so, they hired an intensely private, bohemian physicist who was also an ardent socialist. Patrick Blackett was a former navy officer and future winner of the Nobel Prize; he is little remembered today, but he and his fellow scientists did as much to win the war against Nazi Germany as almost anyone else. As director of the World War II antisubmarine effort, Blackett used little more than simple mathematics and probability theory—and a steadfast belief in the utility of science—to save the campaign against the U-boat. Employing these insights in unconventional ways, from the washing of mess hall dishes to the color of bomber wings, the Allies went on to win essential victories against Hitler’s Germany.

Here is the story of these civilian intellectuals who helped to change the nature of twentieth-century warfare. Throughout, Stephen Budiansky describes how scientists became intimately involved with what had once been the distinct province of military commanders—convincing disbelieving military brass to trust the solutions suggested by their analysis. Budiansky shows that these men above all retained the belief that operational research, and a scientific mentality, could change the world. It’s a belief that has come to fruition with the spread of their tenets to the business and military worlds, and it started in the Battle of the Atlantic, in an attempt to outfight the Germans, but most of all to outwit them. 

Review:

"Historian and journalist Budiansky's newest (after Perilous Fight) is the little known history of a linchpin in the Allies' victory over the Nazis: Patrick Blackett. At the outset of WWI, the submarine was a marginalized resource, yet it would soon prove a harbinger of the unprecedented technological developments that would characterize the efficient lethality of modern warfare. Budiansky demonstrates that at the time, the Royal Navy was less a training center for elite combatants than it was 'a vocation for the sons of gentleman.' Yet Blackett, who got his first taste of battle as a teen in 1916, was the exception among the navy's well-heeled students. Between the World Wars, he studied at Cambridge, where he developed into a brilliant physicist and became enduringly committed to left-wing politics. During WWII, he applied pragmatism and scientific acumen to the relatively new field of 'operational research,' which favored data (e.g., radar) and improvisation over 'tradition, prejudice, or gut feeling.' Described by a contemporary as 'straightforward, leftish, Bohemian and unconventional,' Blackett had his fair share of old guard naysayers, yet in the struggle against German U-boats, the efficacy of his tactics spoke for themselves. For military history and science fans alike. Agent: Katinka Matson, Brockman Inc." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The story of the dramatic transformation of Detroit from "motortown" to the "arsenal of democracy," featuring Edsel Ford, who rebelled against his pacifist father, Henry Ford, to build the industrial miracle Willow Run, a manufacturing complex capable ofand#160;producing B-24 Liberator bombers at a rate of one per hourand#8212;a crucial component in winning the war.

Synopsis:

A New York Times Bestseller

A dramatic, intimate narrative of how Ford Motor Company went from making automobiles to producing the airplanes that would mean the difference between winning and losing World War II.

and#160;
In 1941, as Hitlerand#8217;s threat loomed ever larger, President Roosevelt realized he needed weaponry to fight the Nazisand#8212;most important, airplanesand#8212;and he needed them fast. So he turned to Detroit and the auto industry for help.

The Arsenal of Democracy tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a and#8220;bomber an hour.and#8221; Critics scoffed: Ford didnand#8217;t make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his fatherand#8217;s resistance, Edsel charged ahead.and#160;Ford would apply assembly-line production to the American militaryand#8217;s largest, fastest, most destructive bomber; they would build a plant vast in size and ambition on a plot of farmland and call it Willow Run; they would bring in tens of thousands of workers from across the country, transforming Detroit, almost overnight, from Motor City to the and#8220;great arsenal of democracy.and#8221; And eventually they would help the Allies win the war.

Drawing on exhaustive research from the Ford Archives, the National Archives, and the FDR Library, A. J. Baime has crafted an enthralling, character-driven narrative of American innovation that has never been fully told, leaving readers with a vivid new portrait of Americaand#8212;and Detroitand#8212;during the war.

Synopsis:

The exciting, little-known story of the small group of British and American scientists who, during the years of 1941 to 1943 and almost entirely without military experience, revolutionized the way wars are waged and won.

Here are the civilian intellectuals — the kind that many military men viewed with contempt--who helped to change the nature of twentieth-century warfare. Foremost among them was Patrick Blackett, British physicist, ex-naval officer, future Nobel winner, ardent socialist, who, though little remembered today, did more to win the war against Nazi Germany than almost anyone else. Budiansky makes clear how, as director of the World War II anti-submarine effort for Britain's air force and navy, Blackett founded a new science of operational research. We see how, using little more than simple mathematics and probability theory--and a steadfast belief in the utility of science--Blackett and his colleagues demonstrated to disbelieving military brass ways in which they could save the faltering campaign against the U-boat. Employing their unconventional insights, the Allies went on to win essential victories against Hitler's Germany, in one of the great untold stories of the Second World War.

About the Author

Stephen Budiansky is a journalist and military historian. His previous books include Air Power, Battle of Wits, The Bloody Shirt, Her Majesty's Spymaster, and Perilous Fight.  

Table of Contents

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Introductionand#8195;xi

and#160; and#160; Prologueand#8195;xiii

PART I. The Motor City

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;1.and#160;Henryand#8195;3

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;2.and#160;The Machine Is the New Messiahand#8195;9

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;3.and#160;Edseland#8195;16

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;4.and#160;Learning to Flyand#8195;23

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;5.and#160;Father vs. Sonand#8195;31

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;6.and#160;The Ford Terrorand#8195;39

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;7.and#160;The Nazi Connectionand#8195;50

PART II. The Liberator

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;8.and#160;Fifty Thousand Airplanesand#8195;65

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;9.and#160;and#8220;Gentlemen, We Must Outbuild Hitlerand#8221;and#8195;75

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;10.and#160;The Liberatorand#8195;86

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;11.and#160;Willow Runand#8195;99

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;12.and#160;Awakeningand#8195;106

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;13.and#160;Strike!and#8195;115

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;14.and#160;Air Raid!and#8195;122

PART III. The Big One

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;15.and#160;The Grim Raceand#8195;129

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;16.and#160;and#8220;Detroitand#8217;s Worries Are Right Nowand#8221;and#8195;141

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;17.and#160;Will It Run?and#8195;150

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;18.and#160;Bomber Ship 01and#8195;160

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;19.and#160;Roosevelt Visits Willow Runand#8195;167

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;20.and#160;A Dying Manand#8195;175

PART IV. The Rise of American Airpower

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;21.and#160;Unconditional Surrenderand#8195;185

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;22.and#160;Taking Flightand#8195;195

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;23.and#160;and#8220;The Arsenal of Democracy Is Making Goodand#8221;and#8195;206

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;24.and#160;Death in Dearbornand#8195;215

PART V. The Battle of Dearborn

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;25.and#160;Operation Tidal Waveand#8195;229

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;26.and#160;The Detroit Race Riot of 1943and#8195;239

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;27.and#160;and#8220;The United States Is the Country of Machinesand#8221;and#8195;250

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;28.and#160;Ford War Production Exceeds Dreamsand#8195;258

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;29.and#160;D-Dayand#8195;269

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;30.and#160;The Final Battleand#8195;278

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Epilogueand#8195;285

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;A Note on the Text and Acknolwedgmentsand#8195;293

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Notesand#8195;297

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Indexand#8195;343

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307595966
Subtitle:
FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War
Author:
Budiansky, Stephen
Author:
Baime, A. J.
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Military-Strategy Tactics and Deception
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20140603
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page b/w insert
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.32 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Historian and journalist Budiansky's newest (after Perilous Fight) is the little known history of a linchpin in the Allies' victory over the Nazis: Patrick Blackett. At the outset of WWI, the submarine was a marginalized resource, yet it would soon prove a harbinger of the unprecedented technological developments that would characterize the efficient lethality of modern warfare. Budiansky demonstrates that at the time, the Royal Navy was less a training center for elite combatants than it was 'a vocation for the sons of gentleman.' Yet Blackett, who got his first taste of battle as a teen in 1916, was the exception among the navy's well-heeled students. Between the World Wars, he studied at Cambridge, where he developed into a brilliant physicist and became enduringly committed to left-wing politics. During WWII, he applied pragmatism and scientific acumen to the relatively new field of 'operational research,' which favored data (e.g., radar) and improvisation over 'tradition, prejudice, or gut feeling.' Described by a contemporary as 'straightforward, leftish, Bohemian and unconventional,' Blackett had his fair share of old guard naysayers, yet in the struggle against German U-boats, the efficacy of his tactics spoke for themselves. For military history and science fans alike. Agent: Katinka Matson, Brockman Inc." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The story of the dramatic transformation of Detroit from "motortown" to the "arsenal of democracy," featuring Edsel Ford, who rebelled against his pacifist father, Henry Ford, to build the industrial miracle Willow Run, a manufacturing complex capable ofand#160;producing B-24 Liberator bombers at a rate of one per hourand#8212;a crucial component in winning the war.
"Synopsis" by ,
A New York Times Bestseller

A dramatic, intimate narrative of how Ford Motor Company went from making automobiles to producing the airplanes that would mean the difference between winning and losing World War II.

and#160;
In 1941, as Hitlerand#8217;s threat loomed ever larger, President Roosevelt realized he needed weaponry to fight the Nazisand#8212;most important, airplanesand#8212;and he needed them fast. So he turned to Detroit and the auto industry for help.

The Arsenal of Democracy tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a and#8220;bomber an hour.and#8221; Critics scoffed: Ford didnand#8217;t make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his fatherand#8217;s resistance, Edsel charged ahead.and#160;Ford would apply assembly-line production to the American militaryand#8217;s largest, fastest, most destructive bomber; they would build a plant vast in size and ambition on a plot of farmland and call it Willow Run; they would bring in tens of thousands of workers from across the country, transforming Detroit, almost overnight, from Motor City to the and#8220;great arsenal of democracy.and#8221; And eventually they would help the Allies win the war.

Drawing on exhaustive research from the Ford Archives, the National Archives, and the FDR Library, A. J. Baime has crafted an enthralling, character-driven narrative of American innovation that has never been fully told, leaving readers with a vivid new portrait of Americaand#8212;and Detroitand#8212;during the war.

"Synopsis" by , The exciting, little-known story of the small group of British and American scientists who, during the years of 1941 to 1943 and almost entirely without military experience, revolutionized the way wars are waged and won.

Here are the civilian intellectuals — the kind that many military men viewed with contempt--who helped to change the nature of twentieth-century warfare. Foremost among them was Patrick Blackett, British physicist, ex-naval officer, future Nobel winner, ardent socialist, who, though little remembered today, did more to win the war against Nazi Germany than almost anyone else. Budiansky makes clear how, as director of the World War II anti-submarine effort for Britain's air force and navy, Blackett founded a new science of operational research. We see how, using little more than simple mathematics and probability theory--and a steadfast belief in the utility of science--Blackett and his colleagues demonstrated to disbelieving military brass ways in which they could save the faltering campaign against the U-boat. Employing their unconventional insights, the Allies went on to win essential victories against Hitler's Germany, in one of the great untold stories of the Second World War.

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