- Series: Wordsworth Military Library
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (August 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 185326699X
- ISBN-13: 978-1853266997
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Secret War (Wordsworth Military Library) Paperback – August 1, 1998
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The author might seem a bit self congratulatory to some-- I am convinced he speaks accurately when he reveals the type of people who stood in the way of common sense and victory. Fortunately, common sense won out over the class based "old-boy" network.
This book us a masterpiece: realistic, detailed, hard to put down, filled with surprises and insight into the enemy, an example of what it takes to succeed in every important cause, and also humorous.
Also recommended: Between Silk and Cyanide by Leo Marks (finally cleared for publication by the British government ca1999)
Most Secret War is his account of his scientific training and then how he used that during the war to defeat virtually ever weapon systems the Germans employed including directional radio beams for bombers, radar, the V1 and V2 missile programs, and Hitler's efforts to build an atomic bomb, which turn out to have been further along than most people realize. All of this is really interesting and told with the right amount of narrative detail to hold the interest of most any reader.
What really makes the book stand apart from most historical accounts of WWII is the insight of Jones into British military and intelligence organizations, as well as his anecdotes of life during the war. It's very unusual to encounter what feels like a fairly objective view of critical historical moments while also getting many many glimpses of day time life during the war in Britain. Jones, despite his scientific training, could have been a well read observer of the social scene, which is surprising for someone who would not have been insulted to be called a scientific boffin.
The book is liberally illustrated with maps, drawings, and photographs that makes his points come through all the better for them. Although 500 pages in length, Jones's rapid narrative makes the pages fly and I read this book in a day and a half, and was hungry for more.
Highly, highly recommended!