This engaging technological history, from the pen of a former technology editor of Business Week, discusses the invention of radar during World War II. It is a sprawling, perhaps overly American- centered account that carries the work of the key scientists involved into the early 1960s. The title is only a slight exaggeration: without ever more sophisticated radar (and, no less important, the organizations to make the rapidly changing technology effective) Britain might not have beat back the twin threats of Nazi air and submarine attack, and the United States would surely have paid a far higher price in both the European and Pacific theaters.
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