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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the casually interested
This book brings together written accounts of wartime work at Bletchley Park by staff who worked there; in that sense it is probably unique and as these people get older and die it will not be repeated.

Those working at Bletchley Park were not allowed to discuss their work with others (even their colleagues) so the accounts in this book are both disjointed and...
Published on 9 Feb 2011 by Mr. R. Willis

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly dry and heavy going in places.
This is a multi-author book with original contributions from boffins who actually worked at Bletchley Park. As such, it was fairly difficult for a lay reader to comprehend. Illustrations are fine as far as they go, but there are too few of them. One for the historian I'd say!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the casually interested, 9 Feb 2011
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Mr. R. Willis "RAW" (England) - See all my reviews
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This book brings together written accounts of wartime work at Bletchley Park by staff who worked there; in that sense it is probably unique and as these people get older and die it will not be repeated.

Those working at Bletchley Park were not allowed to discuss their work with others (even their colleagues) so the accounts in this book are both disjointed and overlapping.

This book is not for the casually interested. It does not provide an overview of the work or anything about the significance of the work. This book is for those who want to know the details of what went on, in the words of those who did the work. No other book I have seen provides the detail that this book does.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly dry and heavy going in places., 22 April 1999
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This is a multi-author book with original contributions from boffins who actually worked at Bletchley Park. As such, it was fairly difficult for a lay reader to comprehend. Illustrations are fine as far as they go, but there are too few of them. One for the historian I'd say!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 16 Jan 2004
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A disappointing book, given the exciting subject matter. The different authors recounting their experiences gives it a disjointed feel and some are clearly better story tellers than others. The precise, repetitive 'Civil Service' language is wearing to read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Book hard to track, need a good background of WWII to get it, 23 Oct 1999
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The book was hard to follow all the way thru. Very dry is some spots and lacked the suspense, of other books of the time. Also, the multiple authors, while good in concept, tended to repeat themselves thru the book. The same bits of color, or background, were presented a number of times. The repitition left this reader a little numbed. It could be helped with a better bit of editing and some explanations to tie the different chapter together.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dry in parts but wonderful insights, 27 May 2000
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Definitely one for those with more than a passing interest in the subject, but fascinating insights and details of the work of Bletchley Park. The series of essays by different authors, all firsst hand accounts, could have been better edited. The biggest weakness is their arrangement in descending order of importance: the heavyweight work on Enigma and Fish is all at the front, making the book less interesting as you progress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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Mr. Roland T. Ford (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park (Paperback)
The inside of how the war was won.
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3.0 out of 5 stars informative but a bit boring..., 4 Feb 2014
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Informative for this fascinating area of the war...but was slightly repetetive in the stories of every day at bletchley park
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5.0 out of 5 stars silent troops, 4 Jun 2010
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I found this book very interesting. Until quite recently most of the work done at Bletchley Park was still regarded as top secret and the men and women just didn't talk or write about it. Without the work of these people gaining information and breaking codes who knows how the war would have turned. Interesting stuff
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 July 2014
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Exactly as described
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story, 17 Mar 2013
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A fascinaing insight into who did what at BP and the relationships within the groups (huts) and the world outside- a great story superbly told.Should be read widely
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