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SIGINT: The Secret History of Signals Intelligence in the World Wars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2013
Although there have been other books written about SIGINT concentrating on procedures and the development of British systems of interception and analysis, this book, adds to our understanding of the significance of SIGNIT through original interviews with German interceptors, British code breakers, and US and Russian cryptographers. Mr Matthew's book builds on the previous works, adding a unique perspective and refocuses attention on this essential part of intelligence history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2014
Of course the information in this book is not original, of course its not academic, and of course its not comprehensive ..................... but it gives the public what we want: a clear, uncomplicated account of the secret goings on behind the facts of war, and an insight into what a game-changer this edifice of enigmas has been to warfare since the last century. (Of course it existed before, but the 20th century is when it really came into its own). I cannot be the only one hungry for knowledge on the subject, but daunted by the prospect of wading through dense tomes. The author knows how to tell a story when it comes to delivering facts. Let's hope his publishers set him to work uncovering yet more arcane aspects of warfare in the same breezy style - generous with information, yet not leaving the reader bloated with detail
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2013
Continuity of signals intelligence from its inception as the theme of the book makes a good story. The signals intelligence link between the war in the Pacific and the war in Europe seemed new to me. The the development of British signals intelligence in the very early days of the first world war was also new. As is the claim that British Admiralty in Room 40 intelligence agency in 1914 to 1918 out performed that of Bletchley Park in WW2, that is surprising. The suggestion by one reviewer that the publisher should have employed better proof readers seems justified but it takes little from the story. As to the reviewer that lost the will to live, if you read his reviews of other books he seems to have lost that will with every book that he has read. Sad
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2014
All that I was after was information without too much technical depth; when I was given the book, I feared that I'd be floundering by page 5, but happily I devoured it to the end. It is informative, easy to follow, seems comprehensive - in that it deals with all of this layman's questions - doesn't talk down to the non-specialist, and manages moreover to be a page-turner. More of this style of writing, please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2013
The printers need to emply a proof reader, however it is a very interesting book for those who are fascinated by the world of encryption, spying, the cold war, and 20th Century history, i.e. the two world wars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2013
A long wait for this book but eventually has become available. Very interesting book well worth the money. Inevitably some is a repeat of what is published elsewhere but much was new to me.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2013
A great slant for someone wanting to know about history and technology. An easy read on a fascinating subject that changed communications.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2013
I fear I must disagree with my fellow reviewers. First: very little information in this book is new. Second the story is told in the most over written and convoluted style that by half way through I had almost lost the will to live. The writer repeats the same information over and over, he promises much but actually delivers very little as he concentrates on details to the exclusion of the overall picture. If the reader knows nothing of SIGINT and can stand the writing style then it may be worth a try but otherwise, no.
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