Enigma: The Battle For The Code Hardcover – 2007
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HSM also shows that the Germans themselves often contributed to their own undoing through sloppy procedures both by those designing the system and by those operating it. Their worst error however was that they had convinced themselves that the Enigma system was infallible; so that despite often damning evidence to the contrary, Doenitz was always told that Enigma was secure.
With regard to the layout of the book, I have read the whole of the 'story' first and will go into the operational detail appendices as required.Read more ›
The breaking of Enigma was a major acheievement by British intelligence and undountedly lead to the war being shortened, possibly by years; it is a tale of individual courage and of genius, and of the constant race against time to break the messages of the day in the hope of protecting british shipping in the Atlantic.
Sadly, none of this excitment or even interest is conveyed in the writing, and whenever a player in this grand tale seems about to develop a life of their own the authorial hand moves quickly to push them back into the grey, uninvolving prose.
This is a shame; it's a great story, worthy of being often told - but this book - whilst crammed with facts - does not tell a story, more lists dates and names and forces the reader to try and find their invlovement or interest where they may.
Five stars for research and information, one star for writing. A tremendous shame.
Read this an find out there was much, much more to Enigma than Alan Turing (although he was pretty amazing too!).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book that give you all the info about Enigma from when the Polish found out about it right till the end when they broke the codePublished 10 days ago by Mr. J. E. Wright
Forget the flawed cinematic myth-making and read this detailed history. The truth is far more astonishing than fiction.Published 3 months ago
A very good read. Enough technical detail to satisfy the technophile (the appendices are very useful) and also enough well-written historical detail to satisfy the (possibly... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Dalheim
Having read "Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1933-1945", have purchased this book to read in depth, about how the boffins got the material to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Colin C
Terrific book. Difficult to put down. An esoteric subject brilliantly explained. Really makes you marvel at the massive intelligence effort required and made by brilliant men and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ian Welsh
For anybody interested in the story of Enigma, this is a must! Bletchley Park was, and is, an amazing place where stunningly exceptional people worked tirelessly to break the code,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer