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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but not this version, 23 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: Between Silk and Cyanide: A Code Maker's War, 1941-45 (Paperback)
As with all the other reviewers I agree this is a fascinating book well worth the read and of obvious interest to anyone who wants to find out more about code-making and code-breaking during the Second World War.

Unfortunately for those of us in the 'older generation' with failing eyesight the size of type in this edition makes it quite hard going unless you are reading under good light and - even worse - I have never encountered a book with so many typographic errors: misprints, missing punctuation and sentences that don't make sense. It would be wrong to say there are errors on every page, but there are at least a couple in every chapter, which is pretty annoying. There is even one section where a code is being explained and the letter-transposition (which is quite clear in the diagram) is described incorrectly in the text. Perhaps there is a hidden challenge here that you have to be a potential code-breaker to read the book?

Overall - highly recommended, but don't buy this edition.
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Initial post: 28 Feb 2012 17:23:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Feb 2012 17:30:00 GMT
M. Hogan says:
Oh, I agree!
after working my way through half the book, and counting more than forty major errors, I wrote to the publishers - History Press - offering to proof read the first half at $15 per 1,000 words and the remainder free. They did not reply.
Don't buy this edition; really don't. It will just annoy you.
This is a book about SOE - Special Operations Executive - but we have several variations even on the name of the organization : S@E etc. The publishers should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. Luckily there are several American editions that do Mr Marks justice.
In thirty years of buying books, I have never seen a worse edition of a good book than this - stay away if you value your sanity.
What's odd is, I am certain that I read this book in a hard back edition in the 1980s - but History Press doesn't list that edition. Another reason to run a mile from them!
Mike
mikehoganbooks@gmail.com

Posted on 28 Oct 2015 02:34:05 GMT
Shaz says:
From reading comments like this I'm rather glad I bought the hardback edition when it first came on sale in 1998 (the book was written in the 1980's but publication was prohibited by little things like the official secrets act, so it was stalled until after the requisite 50 years). Perhaps readers would be well advised to take a trip to a second hand bookshop (sadly, 84 Charing Cross Road would not be an option!) to get the earlier edition? Not that it's completely without error, but it's clearly not as blighted as later editions.
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