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  • Paperback: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; New Ed edition (20 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306810360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306810367
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,072,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"First time in paperback: A myth-shattering book on codes and codebreaking that "no one with the slightest interest in World War II or in the origins of the Cold War can afford to ignore." -Robin W. Winks"

About the Author

Bruce Lee, in a long and distinguished publishing career, has been editor-researcher for Cornelius Ryan and the editor of Gordon Prange, Admiral Edwin T. Layton, Ronald Lewin, Gordon Wekhman, William Craig, Ralph Bennett, and Charles B. MacDonald. He lives in New York City.

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The story is good, well researched, convincing. And all of that. And though I really wanted to like this book, the author gets in the way of the story.

I don't need to read that the bureaucracy within Whitehall is "entrenched". Tell me what they were up to, then I'll form my own opinion, thanks.

The "incompetent, jealous turf-protectors of the American navy", may very well have been exactly that, for all I know. But the author fails to document his opinion on this issue.

And for Thor's sake, dude, try "I". "The writer", "the author", "this writer" gets tired. You're taking up enough space as it is. Say "I", and tell us (briefly) why you hold your opinions, then get out of the way. This story is very exciting, and you weren't in it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
How the allies really used the Ultra and Purple codes to win 21 Jun. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
Marching Orders reveals for the first time what the Allies knew about Axis plans and strategies during WW II . The combined information revealed to them by Ultra and Japanese codes is staggering. Throw everything you know about WW II out the window, for this book will teach why events unfolded as they did. Direct quotes from Axis leaders read by the Allies in real time. An amazing fountain of information that must be savored! You will never view Allied generals in the same light again!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very good but not great 1 May 2013
By TruxtonSpangler - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a welcome addition to my military history library. I think that for anyone interested in the intelligence war, this gives a very easy explanation of what went on.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Stunning book. Best historical read in years! 22 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Lee's masterful account draws you in like a spy novel, even though you already know the ending! His book provides the clear reasoning behind why allied leadership made decisions that, until this book was written, looked like blunders. As the reader learns how Marshall and his generals applied the information gained from the routine interception and decryption of high-level enemy communication, his understanding of the grand strategy of WWII will be greatly enhanced. A stunning achievement, this book will become a "must read" for WWII historians and buffs alike. Everyone who has read this book on my recommendation has been equally impressed.
It further provides clear information which soundly debunks the convoluted rationalizations of those "politically correct" Smithsonian historians and their fellow travelers who have been so eager to portray the allied side (or at least America) as the "bad guys" in the war.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
History like you've never seen it before 27 Aug. 2012
By R Ferroni - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book lays out the total linkage between Japan and Germany like I've never seen it before. The connections that the two nations had were extensive, and proved to be a weak point as the Allies had broken the Japanese 'Purple' code, but where stumped when it came to the German 'enigma' code. The Japanese dutifully reported (in massive detail) back to their superiors back home to the point where the Allies gained verify valuable information prior to D-Day. The last few days of the war were also laid out, including the royal scribe taking days to create the royal surrender decree - in a language that had no word for surrender.

This is a must read for any WWII fan.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Stunning. Without it you don't know WWII 15 May 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Read it. It takes away the schroud of politics into the reality of a very difficult world situation, with life and death decisions, troubling potential alliances, and knowledge available to only those who could be counted on by the fingers of one hand. A must read.
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