12 Seconds of Silence by Jamie Holmes audiobook

12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon

By Jamie Holmes
Read by Chris Mayers

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HMH Audio, HMH Adult Audio 9781328460127
12.53 Hours 1
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The riveting story of the American scientists, tinkerers, and nerds who solved one of the biggest puzzles of World War II—and developed one of the most powerful weapons of the war   12 Seconds of Silence is the remarkable, lost story of how a ragtag group of American scientists overcame one of the toughest problems of World War II: shooting things out of the sky.   Working in a secretive organization known as Section T, a team of physicists, engineers, and everyday Joes and Janes took on a devilish challenge. To help the Allies knock airplanes out of the air, they created one of the world’s first “smart weapons.” Against overwhelming odds and in a race against time, mustering every scrap of resource, ingenuity, and insight, the scientists of Section T would eventually save countless lives, rescue the city of London from the onslaught of a Nazi superweapon, and help bring about the Axis defeat. A holy grail sought after by Allied and Axis powers alike, their unlikely innovation ranks with the atomic bomb as one of the most revolutionary technologies of the Second World War. Until now, their tale was largely untold.   For fans of Erik Larson and Ben Macintyre, set amidst the fog of espionage, dueling spies, and the dawn of an age when science would determine the fate of the world, 12 Seconds of Silence is a tribute to the extraordinary wartime mobilization of American science and the ultimate can-do story.  Narrated by Chris Mayers.

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Summary

Summary

The riveting story of the American scientists, tinkerers, and nerds who solved one of the biggest puzzles of World War II—and developed one of the most powerful weapons of the war
 
12 Seconds of Silence is the remarkable, lost story of how a ragtag group of American scientists overcame one of the toughest problems of World War II: shooting things out of the sky.
 
Working in a secretive organization known as Section T, a team of physicists, engineers, and everyday Joes and Janes took on a devilish challenge. To help the Allies knock airplanes out of the air, they created one of the world’s first “smart weapons.” Against overwhelming odds and in a race against time, mustering every scrap of resource, ingenuity, and insight, the scientists of Section T would eventually save countless lives, rescue the city of London from the onslaught of a Nazi superweapon, and help bring about the Axis defeat. A holy grail sought after by Allied and Axis powers alike, their unlikely innovation ranks with the atomic bomb as one of the most revolutionary technologies of the Second World War. Until now, their tale was largely untold.
 
For fans of Erik Larson and Ben Macintyre, set amidst the fog of espionage, dueling spies, and the dawn of an age when science would determine the fate of the world, 12 Seconds of Silence is a tribute to the extraordinary wartime mobilization of American science and the ultimate can-do story. 

Narrated by Chris Mayers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The story of the first ‘smart’ weapon…Holmes is a meticulous historian...fascinating...with an exciting finale. Kirkus “…rousing and carefully researched…Holmes maintains a brisk pace, highlighting the human drama...This entertaining chronicle rescues a tale of American wartime ingenuity from obscurity.
“Holmes writes like a dream…it all unfolds with the pace of a thriller.” Peter Bergen, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Jamie Holmes

Author Bio: Jamie Holmes

Jamie Holmes is a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation and a former research coordinator at Harvard University in the Department of Economics. He holds a MA from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and his writing has appeared in Slate, Politico, the Christian Science Monitor, the New Republic, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the Daily Beast.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English