Secret Warriors

Key Scientists, Code Breakers, and Propagandists of the Great War
CD - unabridged
Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: DD15488
Released: Apr 15, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481520546
Narrator/s: Derek Perkins
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A startling and vivid account of World War I, Secret Warriors uncovers how wartime code-breaking, aeronautics, and scientific research laid the foundation for many of the innovations of the twentieth century. World War I 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 an intellectual war was also being fought between engineers, chemists, code-breakers, 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, to life at home. Secret Warriors provides an invaluable and fresh history of World War I, profiling a number of the key incidents and figures that led to great leaps forward for the twentieth century. Told in a lively and colorful narrative style, Secret Warriors reveals the unknown side of this tragic conflict.

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Author(s): Taylor Downing
Narrator(s): Derek Perkins
Product Number Z100089870
Released: Apr 15, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481520485

Professional reviews

"The British term boffin--for scientists, engineers, and technicians-- emerged in WWII to identify those working behind the scenes to win the war through technological innovation. This is the first popular survey of the pre-boffins: those who supported Britain in WWI. The engaging stories cover the development of airplanes, code breaking, poison gas, propaganda, and other boffin-like activities. Derek Perkins is one of the great audiobook narrators. His clear and well-paced performance makes Downing's sometimes technical explanations easy to follow, and his deep tone and cultured British accent enhance the experience. Pronouncing names, Perkins seems as at home in French and German as he is in English. Downing's story is almost entirely centered on Britain. F.C. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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