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Prof: Alan Turing Decoded Paperback – Illustrated, 4 Aug. 2016
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- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781841656601
- ISBN-13 : 978-1841656601
- Product Dimensions : 12.95 x 1.91 x 19.86 cm
- Publisher : Pitkin Publishing; Illustrated Edition (4 Aug. 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1841656607
- Best Sellers Rank: 343,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The problem for me is that this is a bit messy. There's too much detail on too many tracks to easily keep track of and the overarching story arc of this family history gets bogged down and lost in the details. That's a shame because rather than draw me in, I found myself being pushed away to the point of almost not caring about the different characters, who lets remember are real people.
I recently read Neurotribes and made comparisons with the prose and clarity with which Steve Silberman handles his subject, locking different stands of narrative into a cogent and compelling whole. Reading chapter one of this have me a new appreciation of how difficult that is to achieve and for the deftness that Silberman brought to his task. It's possibly down to editing, having a second (or more) set of eyes refining the draft so it becomes as clear and engaging as possible. I'll stay with the book because I believe the premise is correct, to round out the image of Turing and rescue it from trite and lazy stereotypes by putting the human and his family background back into the picture.
With reference to Lindosland's review, this has more about that reviewers unsupported suppositions and opinions on a whole range of irrelevancies, than it does about this book.
It seems that reviewer wants to write their own work on Turing, gay rights, the merits of the legally system etc.etc. if so I hope they do their research better than they have here. Had they read the Intro to this book, they would have noted that is author quite clearly pays tribute to "Alan Turing The Enigma", the work Lidosland seeks to undermine, and Dermot Turing does not find the supposed bias of its author nor a suggested colouring of that work by such. Specially Dermot states "I have to pay tribute in particular to Andrew Hodges masterly biography Alan Turing: the enigma. I bought a copy in Feb 1984 as soon as it came out. It is a big book and it covers the ground with majesty as well as rigour. Nothing - certainly not what appears between these covers can stand up to it. it has been my constant reference source. It has stood for 30 years without need of fundamental correction. Sure there are materials available now which were not available to Andrew when he did his research but these colour in points of detail and affirm his conclusions where there was limited evidence available to him." Page 10.
I look forward to Lidolands book and reviewing it :)