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    DescriptionIn March 1941, after a year of unbroken and devastating U-boat onslaughts, the British War Cabinet decided to try a new strategy in the foundering naval campaign. To do so, they hired an intensely private, bohemian physicist who was also an ardent socialist. Patrick Blackett was a former navy officer and future winner of the Nobel Prize; he is little remembered today, but he and his fellow scientists did as much to win the war against Nazi Germany as almost anyone else. As director of the World War II antisubmarine effort, Blackett used little more than simple mathematics and probability theory--and a steadfast belief in the utility of science--to save the campaign against the U-boat. Employing these insights in unconventional ways, from the washing of mess hall dishes to the color of bomber wings, the Allies went on to win essential victories against Hitler's Germany. Here is the story of these civilian intellectuals who helped to change the nature of twentieth-century warfare. Throughout, Stephen Budiansky describes how scientists became intimately involved with what had once been the distinct province of military commanders--convincing disbelieving military brass to trust the solutions suggested by their analysis. Budiansky shows that these men above all retained the belief that operational research and a scientific mentality could change the world. It's a belief that has come to fruition with the spread of their tenets to the business and military worlds, and it started in the Battle of the Atlantic, in an attempt to outfight the Germans, but most of all to outwit them.


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    Title
    Blackett's War
    Subtitle
    The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Budiansky, Narrator John Lee
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 72 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452661988
    ISBN 10: 1452661987
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFG
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC subject category V2: KJT, JWK
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000, HIS027100
    BIC subject category V2: TGP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027150
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55500
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000, HIS027060
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 940.54/516, 940.54516
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 940.54516
    LC classification: D810.R33 B79 2013D
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    25 March 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Stephen Budiansky is a military historian and the author of several books about military history, intelligence and espionage, science, and the natural world, including "Battle of Wits," "The Bloody Shirt," and "Her Majesty's Spymaste"r. British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian. He has won numerous Audie Awards and "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by "AudioFile" in 2009.
    Review quote
    "Little-known story of the Allied scientists whose unconventional thinking helped thwart the Nazi U-boats in World War II. . . . An excellent, well-researched account." ---Kirkus Starred Review