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Secret warriors: key scientists, code breakers and propagandists of the Great War

Secret warriors: key scientists, code breakers and propagandists of the Great War

Downing, Taylor, author

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

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Abacus, 2015
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Available at Gloucester First Floor and Tewkesbury.

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    9935184382 Warfare & Defence 940.486 DOW Adult Non-Fiction Available
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Statement of responsibility: Taylor Downing
ISBN: 0349138834, 9780349138831
Note: Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2014.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: World War, 1914-1918 Science.; World War, 1914-1918 Propaganda.; World War, 1914-1918 Cryptography.; Warfare and Defence.


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||[A] fascinating new take on the Great War
Daily Express||Secret Warriors is a compelling insight into the role intellectuals can play in the business of war
History of War magazine||Unique and timely, interesting and useful
Military History||[A] fascinating study
New Statesman||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||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||Downing delivers a riveting account
Publisher's Weekly||A very successful work. Downing's voice is clear and highly readable
Library Journal||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||Secret Warriors lifts the lid on an underappreciated cast of characters