The Lost World of Bletchley Park: The Illustrated History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre Hardcover – 24 Oct 2013
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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black-and-white as well as full-color photography throughout - over 200 photographs total, including many previously unpublished images from Bletchley Park's archives - The Lost World of Bletchley Park: An Illustrated History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre lives up to its title as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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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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