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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and superficial, 15 Sep 2007
Scott Marshall (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Enigma: How the Poles Broke the Nazi Code (Polish Histories) (Hardcover)
Don't buy this book thinking it bears any resemblance to Kozaczuk's original (published in 1980-ish in Polish, and 1984 in US and UK in English). This new book is simply a very brief, superficial and dumbed-down summary of the Polish code-breaking effort. The book seems to have been compiled by an unnamed editor from Kozaczuk's earlier works, hence the publisher claims Kozaczuk as the author. It frustratingly glosses over important details and developments, dismissing whole years in a couple of sentences, and simply doesn't do justice to the subject matter.

If you want to know about the Enigma code-breaking in the 1930s and 40s, there are numerous other better books (and this book's main usefulness is that it provides a bibliography of the important titles!). If you are sufficiently interested to want to know specifically about the incredible achievements of the Poles, then buy Kozaczuk's original (pleasingly now available again, if rather pricey).

Perhaps this book's main value is that it does at least publicise the Polish achievements, to an audience who might not otherwise ever have known about it. So I give it two stars for that.
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Enigma: How the Poles Broke the Nazi Code (Polish Histories) by Jerzy Straszak (Hardcover - 1 Feb 2004)
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