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The First World War is often viewed as a war fought by armies of millions living and fighting in trenches, aided by brutal machinery that cost the lives of many. But behind all of this a scientific war was also being fought between engineers, chemists, physicists, doctors, mathematicians and intelligence gatherers. This hidden war was to make a positive and lasting contribution to how war was conducted on land, at sea and in the air, and most importantly life at home.

Secret Warriors provides an invaluable and fresh history of the First World War, profiling a number of the key figures who made great leaps in science for the benefit of 20th Century Britain. Told in a lively, narrative style, Secret Warriors reveals the unknown side of the war.

Secret warriors - Taylor Downing

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Title
Secret warriors - key scientists, code breakers and propagandists of the Great War
Author
Taylor Downing
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Little, Brown
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20140501

The First World War is often viewed as a war fought by armies of millions living and fighting in trenches, aided by brutal machinery that cost the lives of many. But behind all of this a scientific war was also being fought between engineers, chemists, physicists, doctors, mathematicians and intelligence gatherers. This hidden war was to make a positive and lasting contribution to how war was conducted on land, at sea and in the air, and most importantly life at home.

Secret Warriors provides an invaluable and fresh history of the First World War, profiling a number of the key figures who made great leaps in science for the benefit of 20th Century Britain. Told in a lively, narrative style, Secret Warriors reveals the unknown side of the war.

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Taylor Downing was educated at Cambridge University and is the author of The Cold War, Breakdown (about shell-shock in WWI) , and Churchill's War Lab. His books are 'vivid and fast-paced' (Financial Times).

Exactly what you want from a history of the boffins and technological pioneers of the First World War. There are bluff military adventurers and clumsy gentleman scientists
The Times

[A] fascinating new take on the Great War
Daily Express

Secret Warriors is a compelling insight into the role intellectuals can play in the business of war
History of War magazine

Unique and timely, interesting and useful
Military History

[A] fascinating study
New Statesman

Lucid and entertaining . . . Secret Warriors is full of interesting characters . . . The straightforward story Downing tells is a refreshing change from older treatments of science and war
Nature

The war started the long road to the world of cyber warriors, electronic eavesdropping and large-scale chemical weapons we know today. It is a fearsome legacy, and Downing charts its birth with knowledge, wit and skill
Literary Review

Downing delivers a riveting account
Publisher's Weekly - Starred Review

A very successful work. Downing's voice is clear and highly readable
Library Journal

an ingenious history that sets aside WWI's immense slaughter in order to concentrate on those who labored behind the scenes . . . Downing delivers a riveting account
Publishers Weekly

Secret Warriors lifts the lid on an underappreciated cast of characters
Herald

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
World War, 1914-1918 - Cryptography.|World War, 1914-1918 - Propaganda.|World War, 1914-1918 - Science.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
448

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