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Action This Day Paperback – 1 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; New edition edition (1 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593049829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593049822
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,202,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Absolutely the best book ever written about codebreaking at Bletchley Park.' -- Louis Kruh, Editor, Cryptologia

‘Peppered with priceless anecdotal and technical detail. Fascinating stuff’ -- New Scientist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Peppered with priceless anecdotal and technical detail. Fascinating stuff’ New Scientist

The brilliant work carried out by British codebreakers based at Bletchley Park is now believed to have shortened the duration of the Second World War by up to two years. But during the dark days of 1941, as Britain stood almost alone against the apparently unstoppable tide of the Nazi war machine, this remarkable achievement seemed a million miles away.

In October 1941, four of the leading codebreakers wrote a letter to Winston Churchill telling him that the crucial work of codebreaking was ‘being held up and in some cases not being done at all, principally because we cannot get sufficient staff to deal with it.’ Churchill insisted that they be given everything they needed, adding the succinct instruction: ‘Action This Day.’ It was to be a key turning point for the codebreakers, if not for the war itself.

Michael Smith and Ralph Erskine, both leading authorities on the work of Bletchley Park, have assembled a number of key writers to explain its importance in the history of twentieth-century codebreaking and the birth of today’s computer age. The authors include several of those who worked at Bletchley Park, some of whom have only now agreed to tell their stories, as well as a number of prominent experts on various aspects of the codebreakers’ extraordinary achievements.

The contributors and editors have donated their royalties from the publication of this book to the Bletchley Park Trust.

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Format: Hardcover
This well-edited collection of articles is an excellent addition to the growing literature on Bletchley Park's codebreaking achievements. There is a good deal of previously unpublished information and some interesting personal memoirs. There are summary articles that help place the wartime codebreaking triumphs in a much broader and more balanced perspective than earlier publications, and others that give some overdue recognition to contributions from organizations other than the better-known Enigma- and Tunny-breaking operations. The book also helps locate Bletchley's wartime achievements within a wider pre- and post-war context. Readers unfamiliar with the Bletchley Park story might want to read "Codebreakers" by Hinsley and Stripp as a prelude to "Action This Day".
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Format: Hardcover
I love this book as it is made up of individual articles charting the Government Code & Cypher School codebreaking operation at Bletchley Park during World War 2 and beyond. Most of the articles are written by those at Bletchley Park so it can't get more 'first hand' than that. There are also articles by leading experts and covers both the social and more technical aspects of codebreaking. Make sure you buy the latest version, as all proceeds go to Bletchley Park
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very fast service- very informative book lived up to its reviews, bargin price though a smoker had owned it previously
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