So why doesn't he disprove their case?
Also spends a lot of time on invention and shows how it was important in a few cases (radar), but many of the ideas and schemes did not work or were not needed.
Edgerton challenges both these views in a book that is full of challenging arguments and counter-intuitive insights.
You might think that this book would be a good companion to The Wages of Destruction by Adam Tooze (an excellent book, by the way). You would be wrong. Read morePublished 2 months ago by edward tomlinson
A little over the top in terms of presenting the idea that everything was wonderful about Britain's industrial effort regarding aircraft, tanks, ship building, and so forth. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bayard B.
It's nice to have all these names, facts and figures in one place, and it's nice that the author recognized so many since-forgotten contributors to British and Allied victory in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gary S. Appel
If you are interested in the Second World War, you should read this book. It gives a different perspective and shows how strong Britain really was. Read morePublished 17 months ago by BobbieMac421
The premise of the book is that Britain was not in danger of losing the second world war (even In June 1940) because of Britain's great wealth, the empire and its technological... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Earl S. Rosenbloom
First, my apologies to the author for the rating. This book was clearly a huge undertaking and it contains a wealth of data and political history. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Terry Hale
A really interesting reflection on Brittain's "war machine" debunking many widely held beliefs. Author makes a very convincing case that Brittain at no time was on verge of loosing... Read morePublished 23 months ago by ozjg
I interviewed the author about this book for the New Books Network - I was delighted to do so because the book did a marvellous job of explaining how Britain went about fighting... Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by Nicholas Walton
When it comes to the Second World War, the British historical imagination is defined by the image of 1940: a plucky little island, standing alone against the Nazi juggernaut that... Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by MarkK