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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Inc. (24 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0573690863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573690860
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugh Whitmore in the past has adapted the letters of Shaw for his play 'Old Friends' and Helene Hanff (the basis of 84 Charing Cross Road) but his greatest work in my opinion was this adaptation of Andrew Hodges 'Alan Turing- The Enigma'. For those who missed this play when it toured some years ago, this is a more than adequate replacement. The play tells the story of Alan Turing the brilliant mathematician whose pioneering work both in cryptography as well as the early computering machines still have a lasting effect on our lives. The reason for Turings less than massive public profile (which is the least he deserves) was his lifelong refusal to conceal his homosexuality and his ultimate refusal to 'play the game' (in the play Turing himself admits that 'in life, it's not breaking the code that matters but where you go from there') which was eventually to cost him his life. An accessible and entertaining play which achieves the nigh-on impossible feat of maintaining our attention throughout as well as giving some insight into the mind of a genius
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I saw the film of Breaking the Code before I read the play. I think this made the experience more satisfying, because rather than the film taking away from the play, the play only added to what I'd seen in the film.

I also loved that it had the original cast list, the film cast list and the costume list. It also had the stage set-up diagrams at the back which were very interesting. I genuinely wish I was old enough to have gone and seen this while it was being performed on stage.

I'm now reading "Alan Turing: The Enigma" by Andrew Hodges, on which the play is based (I'm doing it all backwards) and have also found that to be very interesting when reflecting on the play also.

Overall, Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore is a great read, I would highly recommend it!
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Everything was nice.
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Good condidtion
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HASH(0xa00ddb64) out of 5 stars The Nazi Enigma Code & Social Codes of World War 2 England 29 Aug. 2010
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This drama revels a man who was not, in many ways, a regular guy.

Math Genius, Alan Mathison Turing was able to break the Nazi Enigma Code for the British government. Mr. Turing saw no need to live a lie. Against his Supervisor's & his Mother's advice, Alan accepts in himself what society will not. This story is sprinkled with early computer development. "Breaking the Code" is a view in the difficulties of a gay man in the mid-twentith century England. When Alan incurs a home robbery, the police did not seek the thief. Law enforcement incarcerated Turing for being a homosexual, leaving the theft unsolved.

Facts related, but not in this play:
1. On 10 September 2009, Alan M. Turing was one of five people ever to receive an apology from the UK Government for the injustice received under British Law.
2. Since 1986 the annual "A. M. Turing Award" is given by Stanford University. The Turing Award is computer science 'Noble' equivalent.
3. March 2012, Historian George Dyson's newest book, "Turing's Cathedral" is set to be released.
HASH(0xa00ed7a4) out of 5 stars A good read and a good show 28 July 2014
By Cynthia Adcock - Published on Amazon.com
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Whitemore's play, for a reader, is a quick and easy way to learn about Alan Turing, code breaking during WWII and ``gross indecency'' law enforcement in mid-20th Century England. On the stage it is an effective vehicle for sharp characterization and gripping story development. Most readers and playgoers, however, already know the final outcome, so suspense is not usually a virtue of ``Breaking the Code.''
HASH(0xa00ed6e4) out of 5 stars Audio quality excellent. Provides insights into WWII code breaking and post-War ... 19 July 2014
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Audio quality excellent. Provides insights into WWII code breaking and post-War cultural conditions in UK. By inference provides contrast to current cultural tolerance of homosexual behavior.
HASH(0xa018778c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Feb. 2015
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An excellent adaptation of Andrew Hodges' book
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