- By Taylor Downing

Churchill's War Lab: Code Breakers, Boffins and Innovators: the Mavericks Who Brought Britain Victory

  • Title: Churchill's War Lab: Code Breakers, Boffins and Innovators: the Mavericks Who Brought Britain Victory
  • Author: Taylor Downing
  • ISBN: 9781590205655
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Churchill s War Lab Code Breakers Boffins and Innovators the Mavericks Who Brought Britain Victory AHistory Book Club selection As a young boy he re enacted historic battles with toy soldiers as a soldier he saw action on three continents and as the Prime Minister only a direct edict from King Ge

    AHistory Book Club selection As a young boy he re enacted historic battles with toy soldiers, as a soldier he saw action on three continents, and as the Prime Minister only a direct edict from King George VI could keep him from joining the troops on D Day Churchill s War Lab reveals how Churchill s passion for military history, his unique leadership style, and his patrAHistory Book Club selection As a young boy he re enacted historic battles with toy soldiers, as a soldier he saw action on three continents, and as the Prime Minister only a direct edict from King George VI could keep him from joining the troops on D Day Churchill s War Lab reveals how Churchill s passion for military history, his unique leadership style, and his patronization of radical new ideas would lead to new technology and new tactics that would save lives and enable an Allied victory No war generated incredible theories, technical advances, scientific leaps, or pioneering work that lay the foundation for the post war computer revolution And it was Churchill s dogged determination and enthusiasm for revolutionary ideas that fuelled this extraordinary outpouring of British genius From the coauthor of Cold War comes an exciting new take on Churchill s war leadership and the story of a complex, powerful and inventive war leader.

    1 thought on “Churchill's War Lab: Code Breakers, Boffins and Innovators: the Mavericks Who Brought Britain Victory

    1. Not bad, not great. It's about 90% explanation of World War II and about 10% scientists, code breakers etc Churchill was one of the first to have a scientist as part of his War Cabinet. Professor Lindemann later Lord Cherwell who sometimes let his ego get in the way, but always giving Churchill direction by breaking it all down and easy to understand. Critical when you don't have time to study and become an expert in physics.One of my favorite parts is Alan Turing and colleagues writing directly [...]

    2. I've never seen such a misleading title in my life. This book is not about what its title suggests. It is part Churchill biography and part synopsis of WWII. It is not very good in either role. There is, quite simply, nothing to recommend this book.

    3. Those who have read much about the history of World War 2 will find little that is new in Churchill's War Lab: Code Breakers, Boffins and Innovators: the Mavericks Who Brought Britain Victory by Taylor Downing The book will work best for those who are looking for an overview of the role of science in the war and an outline of its major events. The book also reexamines Churchill as a man and politician and his role in leading Britain through the trials of war. Useful for the reader looking for an [...]

    4. The main focus of the book is Churchill and his bio. There is certainly some post-modern thinking/comments from the author about Churchill and his views on India, suffrage, progressivism, warrior spirit, and the British Empire. Not the sort of thing you hear from his contemporaries. I really enjoyed learning a little about the science and how involved Churchill was in making sure Britain was taking every advantage science could provide during the war. Sadly, while the tile would lead one to beli [...]

    5. Great book. Very well written. Gives an overview of World War Two from Churchill's perspective and his support of scientists ("The Boffins") who helped win the war through the invention of radar, new tank designs, decoding German signals and the coup de grace, being the floating wharf built prior to D-day.Taylor Downing, shows the true character of Churchill- control freak, attention to detail, causing frustration for his Chiefs of Staff, extremely intuitive who had predicted the Cold War. Gripp [...]

    6. This book was sent me by one of my junior colleagues and his judgment proved out. I did have to struggle a bit to get past some contradictions in the first couple of chapters and I found the style of television documentary made book more than a little wearying, but overall it was worthwhile. The lesson to be learned here is that over-organization can often be worse than under-organization; newness and klutziness often have an inherent advantage over sophistication and dignity. Sadly modern manag [...]

    7. Very interesting, though I would have thought other 'war lab' initiatives such as P.L.U.T.O. (pipeline under the ocean), which was laid between England and France might at least have been mentioned. A book as much about Churchill's character, and how it affected the war effort, as the actual clever inventions.

    8. An interesting look at Churchill with a primary focus on his time as British Prime Minister during the Second World War, when he saved the world from Hitler's Third Reich. Anyone who doesn't realize this should read this book and many more books about that era.This book mixes history and biography, is always compelling and is never boring or tedious.

    9. DNF, no rating. File this under misleading subtitles.I picked this up thinking it would be about WWII science, scientists and the gadgets they came up with. Instead, it's a biography of Churchill as military leader. Nothing wrong with that, but I was expecting applied science and instead got fanboy history.

    10. Very interesting book on Churchill focusing on his leadership in the war and what prepared him for being Prime Minister. It was a very readable book although Downing's presentation of events was a little erratic (although he walks you through this in the introduction). Overall it was an enjoyable read and I learned a whole lot about the great War leader, Winston Churchill.

    11. It's off to a slow start: the book spends what seems to be an inordinate number of pages reviewing Churchill's prewar biography. He is the central figure to the story, as is his admiration for new ideas and thinking, but it seemed too long to me.

    12. The author really presents us with a breezy and easy to read biography of Churchill. I expected much more on the WW2 science aspect.This was a rather disappointing book. It spent very little time on the subject matter.

    13. I believe this should be a must read for anyone wanting to be motivated &/or interested in the impact & changes that attitude as well as technology can have in the world! Well written & makes you want to read more!

    14. Disappointing. Long on rehashing in brief Churchill's bio and history of WW2, short on detail regarding the "code-breakers, scientists and the mavericks Churchill led to victory" promised in the subtitle.

    15. This was an extremely easy read for a history book. It is also a great insight into the life and character of Churchill.

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