Although this book is definitely not a traditional history book, I can still thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has a passing interest in World War Two as a whole or weird and wonderful inventions in general. The author has clearly done a good task of researching a wide range of crackpot ideas whilst managing to avoid descending into dull technical history, which could have been quite easy given the lack of much 'real' evidence of these hypothetical inventions.
Interestingly, the technical aspects of each invention are accompanied by both a hypothetical deployment history and a short story entitled 'what fight have been'. Despite the fact that both of these sections are complete conjecture, they give the reader a feel for the weirdness of the schemes which figures alone could not do. It is a very unusual step for a history book to take, but it works very well.
The book is also well illustrated throughout, which again makes it a lot easier to get your head around what is being described.
Finally, for those familiar with somethingawful.com, the book is seeded with a sense of humour that always makes it lively, witty and a pleasure to read. I'll admit that it made me laugh out loud less than I thought it would based on the website, but that is only because it is actually a work of real substance which constant silliness would have got in the way of.