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From 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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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.
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Descrizione libro Allen Lane, 2013. Hardcover. Condizione: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. Published by Allen Lane in 2013 First UK Edition, 1st Print Impression. This is a new book, with both the main book and dust jacket in mint condition. The book has 435 pages there are numerous Maps, Tables and Black and White photographs within the text. The book focuses on the problem solvers the men and techniques developed to enable the Allied military objectives of the Second World War to be achieved. The book examines how the work of a range of remarkable individuals was cultivated and then applied to the critical problems facing the Allied Forces. Codice articolo CH001395
Descrizione libro Hardcover. Condizione: Brand New. New. Codice articolo DH29pg1521to1606-7471
Descrizione libro Random House, 2013. Hardcover. Condizione: new. Illus. With Photos (illustratore). Later prt. Codice articolo think1846141125