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Station X: The Code Breakers of Bletchley Park (Pan Grand Strategy) Paperback – 6 Feb 2004

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Revised edition. edition (6 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330419293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330419291
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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STATION X tells the true story, as it has never been told before, of the amazing achievements of the codebreakers working at Bletchley Park in the Second World War.

About the Author

Michael Smith is a defence correspondent at the Daily Telegraph


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The book Station X is a wonderful book about the work of the code breakers during the 2nd world war and is a real tribute to those people who worked in intelligence. The amazing work of many people during the war was recognized immediately and the people concerned have been duly acclaimed. Those people working in intelligence knew that even once the war was over, their work would continue to remain secret for many years. The insight to this secret world is very interesting and left me vry thankful for those previously unnamed heroes that helped us to win the war. I hope many people will read this book and understand what others gave for our safety.
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Station X is a brilliant, witty and sad book, written by those of the inner-circle of BP. Anybody researching The Enigma Machine and it's workings, would find this essential reading! All the Services are represented, and many of those involved give first hand accounts of the vital role played in the war by the genius's at BP.

This book is informative, yet fun; and when they succeed it's amazing, when they battle for days and night to crack the codes and are fully aware men are dying, they respond by working ever harder to get the job done.

You will be full of admiration for these folk who shortened the war by years not days! As Lady Hooper's poem shows, many never knew how the part they played fitted in; and this is the best book to read, from those who did know and cared, doing such a wonderful 'job'!

I can't recommended this book often or highly enough, for anyone who thinks they know how the war was won - it is required reading, and enjoyable, dry witted, and full of pathos to boot!
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This is a well researched and carefully written book, that offers an excellent introduction to the work of the code breakers at Beltchley Park during the Second world War. Michael Smith sets out the contribution made by Station X in different theatres of the war (The Atlantic Convoys, North Africa, D Day etc), balancing factual accvounts with human ineterst stories. He is at his best when recounting the "Double Cross" schemes going on in the run up to D Day. My only problem is that, however carefully I read the technical passages about how the codes were actually decyphered, I still can't really grasp how it was done. This might be because it is incredibly complicated, and this leaves us with total admiration for those worked there. But maybe Smith could have offered a few more diagrams and examples to explain it.
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What a book ! I had no idea that the British in their hour of need pulled off such an intelligence coup . Some of the original thinking by the code breakers left me feeling very humble , these people had to keep quiet about their activities until the 1970`s. In my opinion these little known people are National heroes summed up by General Eisenhower who said their efforts shortened the war by 2 years and they created the worlds first programmable computer
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Ok,

I have found this book interesting and enjoyable for two reasons:

- for the fact that it is written including testimonial accounts related to people who worked there at Bletchley during those years;

- made me conscious of one fact: they made a great job there savings lots of people and stopping the German dictatorship.

So,

Enjoy reading!
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I can't believe the good reviews of this book, nor the fact that the hardback and paperback versions don't have merged reviews. If you look at the hardback reviews, they are much less flattering. The stars are for the information in the book which is undeniably well researched. But the book is very poorly written, I'm afraid. The author is a journalist, so he probably usually has an editor to help him! The chronology of the first 50 pages is all jumbled up and the cast of characters is long and pointless. Dozens of names are introduced to no real purpose. Finally, the writing style is pedestrian and hackneyed. I'm sure there must be better books on this subject.
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This is a book for those seeking further information, clarification and description of the Second World War at Bletchley Park. It's not a light read by a long shot, but the explanatory insights into the people and the skills employed to break the codes make it worth picking up. A trifle stilted in places, but then this book does not claim to be an easy reading novel, its a book of facts. I like it because it shows not only how the the War was effected by Bletchley Park but because of the in depth descriptions of the various code breakers. Its a fascinating book if you are, like me, overawed and intrigued by these people,their sense of duty, their lives and above all their brains.
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Michael Smith had set himself a difficult task in writing his book on Station X.
He wanted to explain the technicalities of complex decoding. Secondly, the story of the daily life at Bletchley Park needed to be covered. And finally; the impact of the Ultra information on the several theatres of World War II had to be explained.
Once the reader realizes that he is getting 3 books for the price of one, then Station X is a book that gives a totally new perspective on what really happened during WW II.
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