- Tapa dura: 288 páginas
- Editor: Osprey Publishing (20 de septiembre de 2011)
- Colección: General Military
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1849083908
- ISBN-13: 978-1849083904
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº1.006.945 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Secret Weapons: Technology, Science and the Race to Win World War II (General Military) (Inglés) Tapa dura – 20 sep 2011
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"Ford writes with a light touch... this will be lots of fun for military history fans, including younger history buffs." --Library Journal"British scientist and TV personality Ford pulls back the curtain in this fascinating, accessible study of the weapons and tactics that changed the course of World War II." --Publishers Weekly Ford writes with a light touch... this will be lots of fun for military history fans, including younger history buffs. "Library Journal" British scientist and TV personality Ford pulls back the curtain in this fascinating, accessible study of the weapons and tactics that changed the course of World War II. "Publishers Weekly"" "British scientist and TV personality Ford pulls back the curtain in this fascinating, accessible study of the weapons and tactics that changed the course of World War II." -- "Publishers Weekly ""Ford writes with a light touch... this will be lots of fun for military history fans, including younger history buffs." -- "Library Journal"
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Deep in the bunkers of Nazi Germany, many of the world's top scientists worked to create a new generation of war winning super-weapons. A few of these, such as jet aircraft and the V2 rocket, became realities at the end of the war, others never made it off the drawing-board. Written by noted research scientist, Brian Ford, this book charts the history of secret weapons development by all the major powers during the war, from British radar to Japanese ray-guns, and explains the impact that these developments eventually had on the outcome of World War II.Ver Descripción del producto
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As an avid student of WWII, I was familiar with a number of the incidents mentioned in the book but the author has taken this two steps further -- giving the background to tie together related concepts and taking them forward into current warfare.
A couple of themes are very clear in the book -- that war often accelerates the process of technological development. He also does seem determined to try to keep the image of Werner von Braun unsullied.
There is also a good system of internal cross-references to help the reader.
The author presents a balance of admiration for things done right by all the players -- American, British, German, or Russian -- as well as criticism of their faults. He also makes appropriate comments on moral issues, such as the amount of time spent on trying to weaponize biological warfare (rather then trying to find a cure) and criticism of failures to prosecute war crimes, particularly with regards to Operation Papper Clip, where the Americans imported German scientists after the war to continue their work (the British and Russians had similar programs too). The author very much takes governments to task for failure to recognize and exploit new technology to full advantage but also recognizes where other governments have been more insightful.
There are some faults with the book
- the author I think confuses the Germans and British in a description of Operation Werewolf
- the author spends too much time discussing a weapon called "Panjandrum Folly" (4 pages was too much)
- the author could have made a connection from "death rays" to current high-powwered microwave weapons
I particularly liked the description in the last chapter of the "chess game" between the British and the Germans on move and countermove relating to the use of electronic bombing signals.
Overall, the book is an excellent work that makes a great contribution to our knowledge of WWII.
I highly recommend this book!
It's not a hard read, nor is it a page turner. I'd put it in my "Good Throne Book" category because you can read it for short periods because its cut up into so many relatively short unrelated stories, some very interesting, some not so much. WWII buffs will enjoy it, young people not so much, amatuer historians and science buffs, most likely.
Overall the theme of this book is that much of the technology we have today came out of WW2. This is true but its overstated in this book. Many of the examples he quotes are actually pre-ww2 ideas such as atomic bombs, jets and RADAR. What WW2 did was accelerate these developments.