Secret Warriors (Paperback)

The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I

By Taylor Downing

Pegasus Books, 9781681771618, 464pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/14/2015)
Hardcover (4/15/2015)
Compact Disc (4/15/2015)
Compact Disc (4/15/2015)
MP3 CD (4/15/2015)

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A startling and vivid account of World War I that uncovers how wartime code-breaking, aeronautics, and scientific research that laid the foundation for much of the innovations of the twentieth century.

World War I is often viewed as a war fought by armies of millions living and fighting in trenches, aided by brutal machinery that cost the lives of many. But behind all of this an intellectual war was also being fought between engineers, chemists, code-breakers, physicists, doctors, mathematicians, and intelligence gatherers. This hidden war was to make a positive and lasting contribution to how war was conducted on land, at sea, and in the air, and most importantly, life at home.

Secret Warriors provides an invaluable and fresh history of the World War I, profiling a number of the key incidents and figures which lead to great leaps forward for the twentieth century. Told in a lively and colorful narrative style, Secret Warriors reveals the unknown side of this tragic conflict.

About the Author

Taylor Downing is a television producer and writer. He was educated at Cambridge University. His most recent books include Spies in the Sky, Churchill's War Lab, Cold War (with Sir Jeremy Isaacs) and Night Raid. He lives in England.

Praise For Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I

A meticulously detailed, welcome addition to the literature of World War I.

An ingenious history. Completely engrossing. For better or worse, these military developments remain with us, and Downing delivers a riveting account of how they happened.

Engaging, providing an in-depth look at a subject that doesn’t get its fair share of discussion within the military history genre. Downing’s voice is clear and highly readable. This volume should be of interest to most readers, especially those interested in military history.

Taylor Downing's vivid account brings alive this important turning point in military history with flair and pace.
— Andy McNab, author of Bravo Two Zero [on Night Raid]

A fascinating read and a significant contribution to the history of World War II.
— Professor David Reynolds, author of In Command of History (on Spies in the Sky)

Vivid and fast-paced.

Taylor Downing's brilliant research has created a ripping yarn.