FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book is eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK. Your order will be picked, packed and dispatched by Amazon. Buy with confidence!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Station X: The Code Breakers of Bletchley Park (Pan Grand Strategy) Paperback – 6 Feb 2004


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£8.99
£3.97 £0.01

Frequently Bought Together

Station X: The Code Breakers of Bletchley Park (Pan Grand Strategy) + The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There + Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game
Price For All Three: £21.57

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Revised edition. edition (6 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330419293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330419291
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Smith is the number-one bestselling author of Station X. He served in the British Army's Intelligence Corps and was an award-winning journalist for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. He is now a full-time novelist and intelligence historian.

Smith is the author of a number of books, including The Secrets of Station X; SIX: The Real James Bonds and Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews. He is the editor of The Secret Agent's Bedside Reader, a compilation of writing on spies by spies, which includes the work of John le Carre, Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene and Kim Philby.

Smith's latest book is called The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories and recounts the lives of the women who worked at Britain's Second World War codebreaking centre. He is currently writing a detective novel set in Nazi Germany. He lives near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.


Product Description

About the Author

Michael Smith is a defence correspondent at the Daily Telegraph

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. J. Airey on 25 July 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Station X is a brilliant, witty and sad book, written by those of the inner-circle of BP. Anybody researching The Enigma Machine and it's workings, would find this essential reading! All the Services are represented, and many of those involved give first hand accounts of the vital role played in the war by the genius's at BP.

This book is informative, yet fun; and when they succeed it's amazing, when they battle for days and night to crack the codes and are fully aware men are dying, they respond by working ever harder to get the job done.

You will be full of admiration for these folk who shortened the war by years not days! As Lady Hooper's poem shows, many never knew how the part they played fitted in; and this is the best book to read, from those who did know and cared, doing such a wonderful 'job'!

I can't recommended this book often or highly enough, for anyone who thinks they know how the war was won - it is required reading, and enjoyable, dry witted, and full of pathos to boot!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Mash on 9 May 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a well researched and carefully written book, that offers an excellent introduction to the work of the code breakers at Beltchley Park during the Second world War. Michael Smith sets out the contribution made by Station X in different theatres of the war (The Atlantic Convoys, North Africa, D Day etc), balancing factual accvounts with human ineterst stories. He is at his best when recounting the "Double Cross" schemes going on in the run up to D Day. My only problem is that, however carefully I read the technical passages about how the codes were actually decyphered, I still can't really grasp how it was done. This might be because it is incredibly complicated, and this leaves us with total admiration for those worked there. But maybe Smith could have offered a few more diagrams and examples to explain it.
8 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marcher Lord on 6 July 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What a book ! I had no idea that the British in their hour of need pulled off such an intelligence coup . Some of the original thinking by the code breakers left me feeling very humble , these people had to keep quiet about their activities until the 1970`s. In my opinion these little known people are National heroes summed up by General Eisenhower who said their efforts shortened the war by 2 years and they created the worlds first programmable computer
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rev. L. J. Fricker on 11 May 2009
Format: Paperback
The book Station X is a wonderful book about the work of the code breakers during the 2nd world war and is a real tribute to those people who worked in intelligence. The amazing work of many people during the war was recognized immediately and the people concerned have been duly acclaimed. Those people working in intelligence knew that even once the war was over, their work would continue to remain secret for many years. The insight to this secret world is very interesting and left me vry thankful for those previously unnamed heroes that helped us to win the war. I hope many people will read this book and understand what others gave for our safety.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Bigoni on 1 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
Ok,

I have found this book interesting and enjoyable for two reasons:

- for the fact that it is written including testimonial accounts related to people who worked there at Bletchley during those years;

- made me conscious of one fact: they made a great job there savings lots of people and stopping the German dictatorship.

So,

Enjoy reading!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Doe on 16 Jan 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a book for those seeking further information, clarification and description of the Second World War at Bletchley Park. It's not a light read by a long shot, but the explanatory insights into the people and the skills employed to break the codes make it worth picking up. A trifle stilted in places, but then this book does not claim to be an easy reading novel, its a book of facts. I like it because it shows not only how the the War was effected by Bletchley Park but because of the in depth descriptions of the various code breakers. Its a fascinating book if you are, like me, overawed and intrigued by these people,their sense of duty, their lives and above all their brains.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Pollock on 10 May 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Having been to Bletchley Park three times in the last couple of years, I thought a book on the subject would be nice to have.
Not managed to read all of it yet, but what I have read gives details in simple plain english that I can understand.
Does not go into great detail of the mathamatics of decoding which is fine by me.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vuyk on 21 Nov 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Michael Smith had set himself a difficult task in writing his book on Station X.
He wanted to explain the technicalities of complex decoding. Secondly, the story of the daily life at Bletchley Park needed to be covered. And finally; the impact of the Ultra information on the several theatres of World War II had to be explained.
Once the reader realizes that he is getting 3 books for the price of one, then Station X is a book that gives a totally new perspective on what really happened during WW II.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback