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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing skate over the surface..., 15 Aug 2011
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This review is from: The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There (Paperback)
You would have thought it was difficult to create a dull book about Bletchley Park, but somehow Mr McKay has managed it. He is evidently utterly nontechnical, so the cryptography and machinery etc get no real coverage at all.

It is mainly about the people, and even here it is frustrating that many people are mentioned but very few in sufficient detail to form a good picture of them. There are also numerous inaccuracies.. for example asserting that Fasson & Grazier won VCs for retrieving an enigma machine from U-559 when in fact they won GCs for retrieving documents, not a machine..
Far too long is spent on inconsequential and trivial matters.. there are far better books about Bletchley available, such as the one by RV Jones.. read that first, or instead!
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