Most Secret War, Paperback Book
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Reginald Jones was nothing less than a genius. And his appointment to the Intelligence Section of Britain's Air Ministry in 1939 led to some of the most astonishing scientific and technological breakthroughs of the Second World War.In Most Secret War he details how Britain stealthily stole the war from under the Germans' noses by outsmarting their intelligence at every turn.

He tells of the 'battle of the beams'; detecting and defeating flying bombs; using chaff to confuse radar; and many other ingenious ideas and devices.Jones was the man with the plan to save Britain and his story makes for riveting reading.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608 pages, None
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780141042824

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Very interesting look behind the intelligence curtain. Written soon after the war, so some detail would have been glossed over, but still very useful on the tug-of-war, to-and-fro nature of the technological battlefield.

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A fascinating insight into the inner workings of British scientific intelligence during the second world war. Jones is somewhat defensive for the first half of the book, excusing himself for not having taken part in direct action; in the latter half, his series of achievements makes it quite clear that he achieved more than most individuals ever will (no matter how heroic). The methodical approach to intelligence gathering, virtues of having a single mind surveying the scene and the importance of "soft skills" are all vividly and informatively recounted. The whole work is shot through with brilliant digressions, anecdotes and fragments of true history - the contrasts and parallels with Churchill's own war diaries are illuminating.

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