Saturday, December 03, 2005

Books I've Read (Fall/Winter 2005)

Jack Nissen, Winning the Radar War (WWII history).

A personal memoir of radar and microwave technology's role in the outcome of World War II, told by someone who was there. Nissen actually accompanied the disastrous Dieppe Raid, hoping to break into and suss out a German radar station. Since he was so knowledgeable about British radar technology, his capture was held to be unacceptable, and so he was accompanied by soldiers tasked to kill him if capture appeared imminent. Nissen only just barely escaped with his life.

It's a bit of an idiosyncratic perspective, but worthwhile nonetheless.


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