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    Description"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER Paul Kennedy, award-winning author of "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers" and one of today's most renowned historians, now provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won." "Engineers of Victory"" is a fascinating nuts-and-bolts account of the strategic factors that led to Allied victory. Kennedy reveals how the leaders' grand strategy was carried out by the ordinary soldiers, scientists, engineers, and businessmen responsible for realizing their commanders' visions of success. In January 1943, FDR and Churchill convened in Casablanca and established the Allied objectives for the war: to defeat the Nazi blitzkrieg; to control the Atlantic sea lanes and the air over western and central Europe; to take the fight to the European mainland; and to end Japan's imperialism. Astonishingly, a little over a year later, these ambitious goals had nearly all been accomplished. With riveting, tactical detail, " "Engineers of Victory"" reveals how. Kennedy recounts the inside stories of the invention of the cavity magnetron, a miniature radar "as small as a soup plate," and the Hedgehog, a multi-headed grenade launcher that allowed the Allies to overcome the threat to their convoys crossing the Atlantic; the critical decision by engineers to install a super-charged Rolls-Royce engine in the P-51 Mustang, creating a fighter plane more powerful than the Luftwaffe's; and the innovative use of pontoon bridges (made from rafts strung together) to help Russian troops cross rivers and elude the Nazi blitzkrieg. He takes readers behind the scenes, unveiling exactly how thousands of individual Allied planes and fighting ships were choreographed to collectively pull off the invasion of Normandy, and illuminating how crew chiefs perfected the high-flying and inaccessible B-29 Superfortress that would drop the atomic bombs on Japan. The story of World War II is often told as a grand narrative, as if it were fought by supermen or decided by fate. Here Kennedy uncovers the real heroes of the war, highlighting for the first time the creative strategies, tactics, and organizational decisions that made the lofty Allied objectives into a successful reality. In an even more significant way, " "Engineers of Victory"" has another claim to our attention, for it restores "the middle level of war" to its rightful place in history. Praise for "Engineers of Victory" "Superbly written and carefully documented . . . indispensable reading for anyone who seeks to understand how and why the Allies won.""--The Christian Science Monitor" " " "An important contribution to our understanding of World War II . . . Like an engineer who pries open a pocket watch to reveal its inner mechanics, [Paul] Kennedy tells how little-known men and women at lower levels helped win the war."--Michael Beschloss, "The New York Times Book Review" "Histories of World War II tend to concentrate on the leaders and generals at the top who make the big strategic decisions and on the lowly grunts at the bottom. . . . ["Engineers of Victory"] seeks to fill this gap in the historiography of World War II and does so triumphantly. . . . This book is a fine tribute."--"The Wall Street Journal" " " "[Kennedy] colorfully and convincingly illustrates the ingenuity and persistence of a few men who made all the difference."--"The Washington Post " "This superb book is Kennedy's best.""--Foreign Affairs" "From the Hardcover edition."


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    Title
    Engineers of Victory
    Subtitle
    The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Kennedy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 436
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 380 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780812979398
    ISBN 10: 0812979397
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: JWF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    DC22: 940.54
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    BIC subject category V2: TTS, JWK
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    DC21: 940.54
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25570
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    B&T Approval Code: A44403000
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    BISAC V2.8: POL011000, HIS027150
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    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones, maps, figures
    Publisher
    Random House Trade
    Imprint name
    Random House Trade
    Publication date
    10 December 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Paul Kennedy is internationally known for his writings and commentaries on global political, economic, and strategic issues. He earned his B.A. at Newcastle University and his doctorate at the University of Oxford. Since 1983, he has been the Dilworth Professor of History and director of international security studies at Yale University. He is on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals and writes for "The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, "and many foreign-language newspapers and magazines. Kennedy is the author and editor of nineteen books, including "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, "which has been translated into more than twenty languages, followed by "Preparing for the Twenty-first Century "(1993), and "The Parliament of Man" (2006).
    Review quote
    "Superbly written and carefully documented . . . indispensable reading for anyone who seeks to understand how and why the Allies won.""--The Christian Science Monitor" " " "An important contribution to our understanding of World War II . . . Like an engineer who pries open a pocket watch to reveal its inner mechanics, [Paul] Kennedy tells how little-known men and women at lower levels helped win the war."--Michael Beschloss, "The New York Times Book Review" "Histories of World War II tend to concentrate on the leaders and generals at the top who make the big strategic decisions and on the lowly grunts at the bottom. . . . ["Engineers of Victory"] seeks to fill this gap in the historiography of World War II and does so triumphantly. . . . This book is a fine tribute."--"The Wall Street Journal" " " "[Kennedy] colorfully and convincingly illustrates the ingenuity and persistence of a few men who made all the difference."--"The Washington Post" "Kennedy has produced a fresh perspective on the war, giving us not just another history of an overfamiliar conflict, but a manual of technical problem-solving, written in the clearest and most compelling style, that could still prove useful to modern management today."--"The Telegraph" (UK) " " "This superb book is Kennedy's best.""--Foreign Affairs" "Paul Kennedy . . . has thus achieved a notable feat in bringing a large dose of common sense, historical insight and detailed knowledge to bear in his refreshing study of what might be called the material history of the second world war. . . . This material history of strategy asks the right questions, disposes of cliches and gives rich accounts of neglected topics."--"Financial Times" "Paul Kennedy's history of World War II is a demonstration not only of incisive analysis and mastery of subject, but of profound integrity, and a historian's desire to celebrate not great leaders but the forgotten scientists, technicians, and lo