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The Lost World of Bletchley Park: The Illustrated History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre Hardcover – 24 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781311919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781311912
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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"Featuring vintage black-and-white as well as full-color photography throughout - over 200 photographs total, including many previously unpublished images from Bletchley Park's archives - The Lost World of Bletchley Park: An Illustrated History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre lives up to its title as the definitive history of the Buckinghamshire codebreaking centre that achieved the nigh-unimaginable accomplishment of cracking the German Enigma codes. Their achievement had a crucial, possibly even decisive impact on the course of World War Two. Even before the war, Bletchley Park was a fashionable location for intellectuals, engineers, and the noblest of aristocratic traditions, as the holding of Liberal MP Sir Herbert Leon. After the war, Bletchley Park was first abandoned, then eventually transformed into a thriving museum and testament to British ingenuity and resilience. The Lost World of Bletchley Park not only covers the famous personages and codebreakers of the park, but also day-to-day life in Bletchley as a wartime town. An extensively researched visual as well as informational treasury, The Lost World of Bletchley Park is highly recommended, particularly for public and college library world history collections." - Midwest Book Review
..".absolutely riveting... I found myself reading late into the night, unable to put it down." - Lost Past Remembered

About the Author

SINCLAIR McKAY is author of the bestselling The Secret Life of Bletchley Park and The Secret Listeners for Aurum, as well as histories of Hammer films, the James Bond films, and the pastime of rambling. He lives in London.


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If you are fascinated, as I am, by the story of Bletchley Park / Station X / Enigma, then this is a book for you. It is exceptionally well written and is lavishly illustrated with well-captioned, high quality photos, in both colour and black and white. The snow scene covering the second title page as a double-page spread is quite beautiful.

Having visited BP twice in the last 12 months (and I still haven't seen everything I want to see) this book becomes a real treasure : you get to know the people, the place and the work that went on there from many aspects and points of view. It is a very human story and very up-to-date at the time of writing. I give it 5 stars, 'and then some'.
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There are lots of excellent books with lots written about Bletchley park, but this book shows a lot more pictures, which I found really fascinating. A valuable record of this very very important place
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Brilliant book, interesting, fascinating and makes a great read.
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Having worked at Bletchley Park during the 1960's as a 'Y' service (RAF) operator I found the book totally absorbing and very enjoyable. As a follow up to his two other books about the vital work of The Government Code and Cypher School and it's GCHQ successor the book is, I believe, the very best tribute to the work, not only of the code breakers but the absolute dedication and professionalism of the many who meticulously gathered the live signals traffic, sometimes under very dangerous and difficult conditions, throughout all the world, monitoring the signals traffic of enemies and potential enemies whoever they may be.
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I've not read this book yet, but if it's as interesting and informative as Sinclair McKay's other two books about Bletchley Park, I will be well pleased.
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Excellent book with interesting pictures.A miracle that the secrets were never revealed to the enemy.Always a fascinating subject and well worth the read.
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I did not know what to expect, but the book gives a clear impression of all aspects of life at Bletchley Park, including the wide variety of personnel there, not just the boffins, and it gives glimpses of the social life which must have taken place in very odd circumstances.
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I was more interested in the photos than the text.So much has been written about Bletchley Park that there is little new in this book.The captions for the photos are printed in ridiculously small type.
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