A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II (Hardcover)
About the Author
"[A Game of Birds and Wolves] brings to life one of the most elusive aspects of war...compelling."—New York Times Book Review
absorbing book, drawing upon archives and oral histories. It reads like a
thriller, with its accounts of nerve-wracking battles, extreme weather,
icebergs, and ships sunk in a matter of minutes."
balance: none in this doughty sisterhood has ever been publicly honoured."
"Through assiduous research and well-paced narrative, Simon Parkin has given us an extraordinary, little-known story from World War II. . . . A Game of Birds and Wolves is a work of nonfiction that reads in part like a thriller."—Pittsburgh-Post Gazette
extensively researched, well written, and tells an engrossing story of a
masterful job of evoking the sweep of this vital piece of naval history in both
broad strokes and the telling detail. Every war buff will want to read this
book. And anyone interested in strategy would be wise to read it as well."
"Like a well-designed game, A Game of Birds and Wolves is fun, informative and intense."—BookPage
effort...Parkin weaves this history together like a novel, switching back
and forth among various characters and storylines to reveal a fascinating fight
for freedom; both for Britain and the young women who defied contemporary norms
to serve their country."
flair, Parkin transforms material gathered from research, interviews, and
unpublished accounts into a highly readable book that celebrates the ingenuity
of a British naval "reject" and the accomplishments of the formerly
faceless women never officially rewarded for their contribution to the Allied
defeat of Germany. A lively, sharp WWII history."
"A magnificent look at a war game that mattered most: how to out fox the Nazi's dreaded U-boats. Told with poetic mastery, Simon Parkin's A Game of Birds and Wolves unveils the story of Operation Raspberry, how eight young women and a retired naval captain found the key to winning the Battle of the Atlantic on a giant board game played on a linoleum floor."—Annie Jacobsen, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain
exciting book. It is fascinating to read about this little-known aspect of
the war which made such a massive difference to the outcome. A compelling and important new story, lucidly
and humanely told."
intricately researched book, Simon Parkin tells the previously unknown story
behind the Allied victory in the Atlantic during World War II. It's an
underdog's tale-not only of British supply fleets trying to outrun German
U-boats, but also of the women game designers who made that victory possible."
women, and one of the most important games in history. Read it here
before some film producer makes a mess of it."
important aspect of naval warfare. The characters of the main players, notably
the Wrens are beautifully and colourfully put across."
the Atlantic, which is a must to read."