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Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1933-1945 Hardcover – 16 Feb 2012


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books; hardcover edition (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184832636X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848326361
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kahn, a noted historian of code-breaking (expertly describes) high drama at sea seizing German codebooks and equipment, and analytical genius ashore . . . Informed laypersons and specialists will find this book valuable and intriguing --Library Journal

'Fascinating' --Daily Telegraph

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David Kahn holds a PhD in history from Oxford University and is the author of the Codebreakers and Hitler s Spies. He has written many articles on codes and intelligence, from the Historical Journal to the New York Times. A former editor of Newsday he lives in New York and is one of the world s leading historians of cryptography.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
`Nothing like the Hollywood version at all' is this exceedingly well researched account of the true story of capturing the first Enigma machine. This work is so detailed that we are even treated to the thoughts of Commander Joe Baker-Cresswell RN who, at a crucial moment when poised to ram U 110, remembered how the Russians recovered a code book from a German cruiser grounded in the Baltic during WW1 and how that book was used to decode German messages throughout that earlier conflict. Wondering whether or not he was about to destroy a similar find, he ordered full astern just in time to avoid the intended collision, sent over a boarding party and was responsible for the capture of the first Enigma cipher machine of the War. In so doing he made one of the most valuable contributions to the eventual Allied victory.

Rarely have I enjoyed such a fascinating read and it says much for the outstanding way in which detailed, technical research is combined with sheer readability that this important historical work reads better than most novels. In order to provide the reader with a taste of what I mean, Baker-Cresswell and U 110 are introduced in the first two paragraphs of Page 1 where the author skilfully begins to set the scene for their historic encounter. By page 7 one is the officer commanding No 3 escort group charged with protecting a convoy from U Boat attack and the other is attacking that convoy. By Page 16 the badly damaged U 110 is forced to the surface where her crew abandon ship. Only now is Baker-Cresswell mindful of the grounding of the Magdeburg.

Pausing there, we are then treated to a full account of the grounding of that German cruiser in 1914 and the resultant effects of her captured documents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Newlove on 31 Dec 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a really in depth account of the code breakers and how they really came to decipher the naval enigma code - really well researched covering a little history of the machine, the reasons Germany chose the enigma, how polish code breakers started the cause and how the British used the greatest mathematicians and captured documents to break the code with full accounts of raids and the effects of the enciphered info had on Britain etc) right up to the end of the war.
If your are interested in the enigma machine or Bletchly park this is a must gripping read I read it straight over two days (unusual for me). The only small gripe i have is that its possibly too much information it constantly throws new names at you with history of their parents, wives and what they are wearing etc i found this confusing and unnecessary and so loses a star great read thou well worth it.
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