- Paperback: 371 pages
- Publisher: Athena; Reprint edition (November 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557781397
- ISBN-13: 978-1557781390
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,361,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Race on the Edge of Time: Radar--The Decisive Weapon of World War II Reprint Edition
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Part One - The Death Ray
Part Two - Toil and Trouble
Part Three - The Battle
Part Four - The Blitz and the Boot
Part Five - The Band Plays On
Fisher starts with WW1 and how England reacted opposite to Germany. Germany, elected Hitler to rebuild the military and destroy the treaty. England voted to dismantle military and build houses. Churchill, and his consistent warning of Hitler's ambition, was rejected. This political background is skillfully threaded throughout the book. When war arrived, Churchill plays a bigger role in this story.
Fisher covers the scientific history of radar, that is - electro-magnetic waves - from failed efforts to unknown successes. Very interesting! Spends a few pages explaining "wave-particle duality". Well done.
Nevertheless, human emotion, pride, stubbornness, determination, courage, endurance, etc., dominates this story. "The British were aware at the time that though German radar was every bit as technically sophisticated as their own, it was not appreciated by the German military, was not integrated into their war scheme, and so was virtually useless." (268) Fisher notes this happened a Pearl Harbor, where radar protected the ships, but the soliders ignored it. Facinating!
Detailed description of the Battle of Britain. Explains how close the German's came to winning and why they didn't. In fact, relates Goëring's day to day decisions in conducting the battle. Revealing and insightful!Read more ›
The book does not talk much about the technology, but to be fair it is a history book. Its fairly exhaustive discussion about the Battle of Britian is appropriate. The Battle of Britian, along with the Battle of Midway, represent two key turning points in the war. It did discuss the quick advancement of the technology when the British gave the key component of lightweight radar systems, the Magnetron to the US. With the deployment of these systems in Aircraft, it allowed the allies to "own the night" in the air.
I thought it was an easy read. It did not really have any "slow" parts. I would recommend it to anyone who is a student of WWII, who wants to better understand the technology of the war, and its impact on the outcome.
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Not only an excellent history of radar development but also informative concerning the Battle of Britain.Published 13 months ago by Patrick Audinet
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