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Thirty Secret Years [Paperback]

Robin Denniston
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1 Feb 2007
"Thirty Secret Years" reveals how an enterprising Scottish linguist was able to decipher German naval messages in the Admiralty in World War One. Alastair Denniston became head of the British government's cabinet noir or cipher-breaking bureau in 1919, developed his team of fellow experts between the wars by spying on the Soviets from Whitehall. In 1939, he went on to lead an enlarged body of secret service men and women to Bletchley Park where they solved the vast problems of machine encipherment, enabling Churchill to avoid defeat in 1941 and invade Western Europe in June 1944. It is the story of how one man, working in obscurity and total secrecy, influenced the course of world history over 30 years of war and peace, told by his son.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Polperro Heritage Press (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955364809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955364808
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A compelling account" -- Birmingham Post, March 17, 2007

"A gripping read for all those interested in the world of espionage." -- Worcester News, April 14 2007

"Biography of one of the most remarkable figures in British intelligence." -- The Times, Februiary 7, 2007

"One of the many useful things to be had from this book is its portrayal of how much GC&CS in its early days resembled a family." -- Literary Review, April 2007

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Thirty Secret Years reveals how an enterprising Scottish linguist was able to decipher German naval messages in the Admiralty in World War One. Alastair Denniston became head of the British government's cabinet noir or cipher-breaking bureau in 1919, developed his team of fellow experts between the wars by spying on the Soviets from Whitehall. In 1939 he went on to lead an enlarged body of secret service men and women to Bletchley Park where they solved the vast problems of machine encipherment, enabling Churchill to avoid defeat in 1941 and invade western Europe in June 1944. It is the story of how one man, working in obscurity and total secrecy, influenced the course of world history over 30 years of war and peace, told by his son.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Denniston on Denniston 23 May 2009
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Nobody could be better qualified to write about this extraordinary man than his publisher son, Robin. Alastair Denniston, the first head of Bletchley Park, ranks equally with the far better known military and political figures who guided Britain and her allies to their defeat of Germany in World War Two.
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