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The man who was heading the newly created Scientific Intelligence branch of the RAF was not only a brilliant scientist, but also an exceptionally talented writer. This fact, combined with his almost magic instinct for detecting the most invisible elements of the intelligence puzzle, makes R.V. Jones one of the key figures in the battle of technology in WW2. This is a book by a man who not only witnessed history, but by one who made it. Probably the most important book on scientific espionage and counter-espionage ever written, the topics covered include the "war of the beams", radar, infrared detection, V1 and V2 rockets, submarine detection, code braking and the Enigma machine and much more. Jones gives us as well a vivid picture of the many generals, scientists, politicians, pilots, soldiers, spies and resistance fighters in many of the German occupied countries. In the book all those figures become alive; real people with courage, fear, with many flaws as well as outstanding qualities.
Written by a scientist it presents all the facts with a total clarity and understanding that many other books on the subject are lacking. If one can read only one book about military science and inventions during WW2, this will the one.
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A surprisingly gossipy but still largely fascinating account of how 'scientific intelligence' was developed. Dr Jones wrote the book on it (literally - he is credited with developing the play book for ... Read full review
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