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Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 1999
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 1999
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2011
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2000
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2004
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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on 20 February 2015
There is lots of interesting background information, and how the people doing the work really felt about what they were doing, but it's quite light on any technical detail - there's some, but other books have much more.
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on 4 February 2014
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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on 13 March 2015
An excellent collection of recollections by a number of those who worked at Bletchley Park - a good read.
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on 14 December 2014
Just what our father was asking for Christmas - arrived in plenty of time. Many thanks
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2010
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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