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    DescriptionFrom Paul Kennedy, author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, one of the most acclaimed history books of recent decades, Engineers of Victory is a new account of how the tide was turned against the Nazis by the Allies in the Second World War. In January 1943 Churchill and Roosevelt and the Combined Chiefs of Staff met in Casablanca to review the western Allies' war aims and strategy. They realised that to attain their ultimate aim of 'unconditional surrender' they would have to achieve some formidable objectives - win control of the Atlantic sea-lanes and command of the air over the whole of West-Central Europe, work out how to land on an enemy-held shore so that Continental Europe could be retaken, how to blunt the Nazi blitzkrieg that a successful invasion would undoubtedly provoke, and finally how to 'hop' across the islands of the Pacific to assault the Japanese mainland. Eighteen months later on, as Paul Kennedy writes, 'these operational aims were either accomplished or close to being so.' The history of the Second World War is often told as a grand narrative. The focus of this book, by contrast, is on the problem-solvers - Major-General Perry Hobart, who invented the 'funny tanks' which flattened the curve on the D-Day beaches; Flight Lieutenant Ronnie Harker 'the man who put the Merlin in the Mustang'; Captain 'Johnny' Walker, the convoy captain who worked out how to sink U-boats with a 'creeping barrage'. The result is a fresh perspective on the greatest, conflict in human history. Paul Kennedy is one of the world's best-selling and most influential historians. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, including The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, which has been translated into over twenty languages, Preparing for the Twenty-First Century, The Parliament of Man and the now classic Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery.


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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: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 784 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846141126
    ISBN 10: 1846141125
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD, JWK
    Libri: ENGM2000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15570
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    Libri: WELT1098, WELT3000, ZWEJ2000, EURO1008
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1D
    DC23: 940.54012
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHD, NHWL, JWK
    Illustrations note
    16 pp b/w
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    ALLEN LANE
    Publication date
    29 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Paul Kennedy is one of the world's best-selling and most influential historians. Born and bought up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he took his doctorate in Oxford and began work shortly afterwards for the first great historian of the Second World War, Sir Basil Liddell Hart. He now teaches at Yale, and is the author or editor of nineteen books, including The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, which has been translated into over twenty languages, Preparing for the Twenty-First Century, The Parliament of Man and the now classic Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery.