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4.0 out of 5 stars Case studies of military engagements illustrating the role played by intelligence and communications.
This is a fascinating and instructive book, though the author sometimes is overly repetitive, as if the manuscript was not properly checked by the author or a good editor. Emphasis is placed on the effects of an absence of intelligence, misleading intelligence or good intelligence, and the importance of communications systems and timely delivery and analysis of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up his usual standard
The title and the content have only a partial connection with the 'stories'.
AND -my fault for not checking-the publication date is so old that the last chapter is trivial.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Case studies of military engagements illustrating the role played by intelligence and communications., 11 Dec 2013
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This is a fascinating and instructive book, though the author sometimes is overly repetitive, as if the manuscript was not properly checked by the author or a good editor. Emphasis is placed on the effects of an absence of intelligence, misleading intelligence or good intelligence, and the importance of communications systems and timely delivery and analysis of information. Thus the examples are useful in commerce and even domestic situations removed from the military context of the case studies.
An early example is a naval code system capable of conveying several hundred altetnative complex messages by the positioning of a few flags. The code book made it possible to identify and read the message quickly. Alas code book worked on decoding the message quickly but it was very difficult to encode a message. The comparison would be an English to German dictionary with no German to English section.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up his usual standard, 28 Nov 2013
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The title and the content have only a partial connection with the 'stories'.
AND -my fault for not checking-the publication date is so old that the last chapter is trivial.
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