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Secret Warriors Key Scientists, Code Breakers and Propagandists of the Great War by Taylor Downing
  

Secret Warriors Key Scientists, Code Breakers and Propagandists of the Great War

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A view of the “behind-the-scenes” warriors participating in the Great War, from science to code breaking, a vast array of unseen talent was at work. They made the war a turning point as military science took a great step forward into the modern era.

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Secret Warriors Key Scientists, Code Breakers and Propagandists of the Great War by Taylor Downing

The First World War is often viewed as a war fought by armies of millions living and fighting in trenches, aided by brutal machinery that cost the lives of many. But behind all of this a scientific war was also being fought between engineers, chemists, physicists, doctors, mathematicians and intelligence gatherers. This hidden war was to make a positive and lasting contribution to how war was conducted on land, at sea and in the air, and most importantly life at home. Secret Warriors provides an invaluable and fresh history of the First World War, profiling a number of the key figures who made great leaps in science for the benefit of 20th Century Britain. Told in a lively, narrative style, Secret Warriors reveals the unknown side of the war.

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Secret Warriors lifts the lid on an underappreciated cast of characters * Herald * an ingenious history that sets aside WWI's immense slaughter in order to concentrate on those who labored behind the scenes . . . Downing delivers a riveting account * Publishers Weekly * A very successful work. Downing's voice is clear and highly readable * Library Journal * Downing delivers a riveting account -- Starred Review * Publisher's Weekly * The war started the long road to the world of cyber warriors, electronic eavesdropping and large-scale chemical weapons we know today. It is a fearsome legacy, and Downing charts its birth with knowledge, wit and skill * Literary Review * Lucid and entertaining . . . Secret Warriors is full of interesting characters . . . The straightforward story Downing tells is a refreshing change from older treatments of science and war * Nature * [A] fascinating study * New Statesman * Unique and timely, interesting and useful * Military History * Secret Warriors is a compelling insight into the role intellectuals can play in the business of war * History of War magazine * [A] fascinating new take on the Great War * Daily Express * Exactly what you want from a history of the boffins and technological pioneers of the First World War. There are bluff military adventurers and clumsy gentleman scientists * The Times *


About the Author

Taylor Downing is a television producer and writer. He was educated at Cambridge University and went on to become Managing Director and Head of History at Flashback Television, an independent production company. His most recent books include Spies in the Sky, Churchill's War Lab, Cold War (with Sir Jeremy Isaacs) and Night Raid.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st May 2014

Author

Taylor Downing

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
448 pages

Categories

History
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First World War
Defence strategy, planning & research
European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781408704219

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