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Without the invention of radar, Europe--and possibly even the world--might today be under Fascist rule. This well-written, technically accurate, and even exciting account captures the urgency of the race to win World War II, the people behind the magnetrons, screens and antennae, and the use of radar in the cold war. Another extraordinary volume from the Sloan Foundation Technology Series, and Highly Recommended. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As the former technology editor for Business Week, Buderi understands his complex subject well enough to render it clear without oversimplifying it. The first half of his book makes a strong case that the atomic bomb only ended WWII?it was radar that won it. Radar tipped the balance in the Battle of Britain, at Midway and in the Solomons. Radar haunted the U-boats and helped control the V-1 attacks of 1944-45. Meanwhile, radar countermeasures and navigation systems set the stage for the D-Day landings. Buderi tells this story well, with an unusual ability to describe technical subjects in language a nonspecialist can comprehend. In the second half of the book, he devotes half a dozen chapters to biographical sketches of key, albeit little-known, participants in the wartime radar program. Finally, the author brings to center stage radar technology's contributions to the Cold War and to space astronomy. While this concluding discussion is informative, it scants other areas influenced by radar. Subjects such as air-traffic control and weather reporting deserve better than relegation to an epilogue. Overall, this is a vigorous history, but an unfocused one. Photos, not seen by PW.
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A heavy but good read. Excellant history. I immediately passed the book on.Published 7 months ago by Bill Bowser
Hard for me to put down. Buderi does a terrific job bringing to life the heroism of the scientists & engineers who scrambled to bring radar from theoretical concept to battle... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tara
Another view of the MIT Radiation Laboratory (Rad Lab). It is hoped it sheds illumination on the Loomis support and growth of the electronics industry in the USAPublished 15 months ago by Gary Dougherty
Lots of back ground into RV Jones MIT and rad lab's contribution to radar development... then wondered into radio telscopes and I really wanted to remain in the war but whatever... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark Twain
I'm a Radar person from way back. I love the historic perspective and the details. But that is the book's shortfall as well. Maybe too much detail? Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert G. Siefker
Some people might not go so far as to agree with the "The New Yorker" review excerpt of the front cover of the book putting this book in the same class as "The Making of the Atomic... Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Jeffrey L. Cooper
Of course, you have to be interested in this technical stuff, and as such this book is done just right.Published on January 5, 2013 by Richard C. Porter
I'm pretty much the ideal reader for a book like this -- I'm interested in the subject. But the writing never grabbed me -- I am a fairly lazy reader. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by offby1