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Terrible Title, Good Book
on May 10, 2013
This is a very good book, but not the book the title suggests. The title suggests that the book focusses on the engineering achievements that contributed to winning WWII, whereas in fact, the book is actually a history of the strategies that won the war. Whoever created the title deserves a dope-slap. "Engineering" has two meanings, (a) the most common meaning: the development of a device, like engineering a new machine gun; and (b) the less common meaning: a means to achieve an objective, like engineering a way to get Johnnie accepted into the college of his choice. Both meanings of the word contributed mightily to success in WWII, but the book only deals with the "scheme" meaning of the word (it mentions the tremendous contributions of new equipment developed during the war, but does not go into the engineering details thereof; rather, equipment developments are discussed as how they contributed to strategies). Therefore, use of the "engineering" in the title is extremely misleading.
That said, the book is highly informative, presenting the comprehensive history of the war at the most macroscopic level. (I accept other reviewer's criticisms that some of the facts are wrong, but in my opinion this detracts very little from the value of the book. It would take a huge amount of fact checking to determine how pervasive the errors are, but from my knowledge of the history of the war, the book is probably mostly correct.) The book is written clearly, and discusses not only American strategies, but also British, German, Japanese, Russian, Italian and other countries' strategies as well. The book truly presents the Big Picture, in contrast with most other books that have narrower purviews.