Naval War College Review


Alan R. Millett


Tom Schachtman’s brief history of the influence of science and technology on World War II needs less “gee whiz” and more John McPhee. As in the war itself, the author’s strategic decisions are criti- cal to the book’s successes and failures. The successes can be quickly acknowl- edged. The book is well written. Shachtman shows a good familiarity with the oral histories and memoirs of the most prominent scientists. He is in- teresting when identifying personalities and providing biographical material to enliven the narrative.