The familiar image of the British in the Second World War is that of the plucky underdog taking on German might alone. David Edgerton's compelling new book destroys this myth, revealing Britain as a wealthy colossus, sitting at the heart of a vast global production system, building arms in huge factories over the world, and inventing ever-more ingenious weapons. It was, he shows, a country ready to wage a war of machines - and to win it.
'Brilliant and thought-provoking . . . remarkable.' Brendan Simms, Sunday Telegraph
'Opinionated, iconoclastic . . . this book has changed my views.' Richard Holmes, Literary Review
'Lively, stimulating and authoritative.' Ben Shephard, Observer
'Absolutely fascinating. This book will make you think differently about Britain's role in the Second World War.' Laurence Rees, author of Auschwitz: The Nazis and The 'Final Solution
'A stunning book, told with authority, clarity and compelling energy.' James Holland, author of The Battle of Britain
'The period will never look the same again.' Adam Tooze, author of The Wages of Destruction