Here presents the civilian intellectuals—the kind that many military men viewed with contempt and helped change the nature of 20th century warfare. Foremost among them was Patrick Blackett: British physicist, ex-naval officer, future Nobel prize winner, ardent socialist who did more to win the war against Nazi Germany than almost anyone else in history.
Author Stephen 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. Using little more than simple math and probable theory, 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 Germany in one of the greatest untold stories of the Second World War.
Stephen Budiansky is a journalist and military historian whose writings frequently appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Atlantic. His previous books include: Perilous Fight, The Bloody Shirt, Her Majesty's Spymaster, Air Power, and Battle of Wits.
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