The Ingenious Mr. Pyke

The Ingenious Mr. Pyke

Inventor, Fugitive, Spy

eBook - 2015
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This is the extraordinary story of Geoffrey Pyke, an inventor, war reporter, escaped prisoner, campaigner, father, educator--and all-around misunderstood genius. In his day, he was described as one of the world's great minds, to rank alongside Einstein, yet he remains virtually unknown today. Pyke was an unlikely hero of both world wars and, among many other things, is seen today as the father of the U.S. Special Forces. He changed the landscape of British pre-school education, earned a fortune on the stock market, wrote a bestseller and in 1942 convinced Winston Churchill to build an aircraft carrier out of reinforced ice. He escaped from a German WWI prison camp, devised an ingenious plan to help the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, and launched a private attempt to avert the outbreak of the Second World War by sending into Nazi Germany a group of pollsters disguised as golfers.Despite his brilliance, Pyke ultimately could not find peace, committing suicide in...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781610395786
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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May 18, 2015

Not an uninteresting book, but the author can be tedious at times, just didn't buy into his opinion of Mr. Pyke. Wasn't overwhelmed by his genius. Far more impressed by two wonderful books, Spare Parts and Science Fair Season. If interested in WWII, you might put this on your list.

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