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Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War | [Paul Kennedy]

Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War

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.
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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 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 Super fortress 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.

©2013 Paul Kennedy (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    "Misleading title"

    This book is not bad, really, but the content is so disappointing relative to what the title promises. I thought we might get some great detailed examples of the engineering challenges of WWII. Instead, we got a general overview of WWII with a glancing, superficial focus on broad engineering issues. The detail is so lacking in this book. Detail in the personalities of engineering is shockingly lacking. Basically for any engineering personality we get a name, a three-sentence biography, a one-paragraph summary of what the person did, and then we go back to the general history of WWII. I'm seriously thinking of returning this book for credit. If the book was advertised as being a general history of WWII with a soft emphasis on engineering, I could almost recommend this book. But as it is, I can't recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Henry 04-25-14
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    What disappointed you about Engineers of Victory?

    A lot of time spent telling what was NOT gonna be covered. Little detail.


    Has Engineers of Victory turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Stephen Hoye’s performance?

    Whining, bored superscillious sounding voice. The worst I've heard.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The idea was great, the execution was poor. Performance made it worse.


    Any additional comments?

    Quit about 2/3 of the way through, couldn't stand the nasal bored narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Australia 10-23-14
    Bryan Australia 10-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Another aspect of the Great Battles of WW2"
    What made the experience of listening to Engineers of Victory the most enjoyable?

    A very clearly organized presentation of what went on behind the scenes to enable success to be achieved by the Allies. This narrative includes the many blunders that occurred along the way and most of all how luck played a major part in the final outcome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Engineers of Victory?

    The very detailed descriptions of the events leading up to the creation of the various weapons and the technology that gave the Allied Powers the tools needed to achieve the result.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    This was good. A clear and at times dramatic presentation of the story. Not at all boring while dealing with a number of unusual factors that are not highlighted by other historians


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No particular part. Rather the entire story demonstrated how victory was achieved notwithstanding the many and different viewpoints about what should be done and where the resources should be concentrated. The jealousy between different services and the claims and counter claims were all brought into context with the overall strategy. The leaders at the time were far from perfect but their combined wisdom achieved the results where it counted most. A fantastic description of how the different views, hopes and desires of various Nations forming the Allied Coalition could actually agree on common goals and, as a result, get to the final victory.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen for anyone interested in the history of WW 2 who would like to explore behind the headlines about the detail of how it was all made possible. A great story and well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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