Len Deighton

Well known as an author of spy novels, Deighton also writes the most enjoyable reference books I have ever read.
He portrays the interplay of technologicall innovation and human foibles with a wry and compassionate wit.

Blood, Tears and Folly

elieving that those who forget history are condemned to repeat it, Len Deighton presents a view of World War 2 which suggests that the allied forces won despite their best efforts in many cases.
Deighton is in fine form throughout, combining an effortless mastery of the technical with an unerring ability to reveal the human side of each situation.
Messerschmidt Me-163
Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox
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