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Hugh Sebag-Montefiore - Enigma (2nd Hand Paperback)

SKU B002312

Subtitled : The Battle For The Code.

70th Anniversary Edition.

Winston Churchill called the cracking of the German Enigma code "the secret weapon that won the war." Now, for the first time, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore reveals the complete story of the breaking of the code by the Allies–the breakthrough that played a crucial role in the outcome of World War II.

Until recently, most historians exclusively credited the brilliant mathematicians and professors at Bletchley Park - Britain’s famous World War II counterintelligence station - for breaking the elusive Enigma code. But as this spellbinding narrative recounts, while Bletchley stars such as Alan Turing and Harry Hinsley made outstanding contributions, the critical breaking of the code depended on the work of a much larger group of heroes, most of them unsung.

Masterfully told and engagingly written, Enigma not only presents fascinating new details about the genesis of the code and the secret work at Bletchley but also tells the hair-raising stories of those who selflessly put their lives on the line to provide the codebreakers with the materials they needed. We get a compelling glimpse of the daring exploits of secret agents and spies, naval officers and ordinary seamen - the courageous men and women who risked their lives, and in some cases lost them, snatching the vital codebooks from under the noses of Nazi officials and from sinking German ships and submarines.

As the story unfolds, many of the last surviving witnesses to the Enigma drama–some of them speaking on record for the first time provide unforgettable first-hand accounts, vividly reconstructing their daring exploits. Sebag-Montefiore introduces us to the head of French counterintelligence, who contributes details of the spying and double–crossing that took place in the race to break the Enigma code and discloses little–known facts about how the Poles first cracked the Luftwaffe’s version of the code and then managed to pass it along to the British.

  • Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - War & Civil War
  • Published : 2000 (This Edition 2011 - Pheonix)
  • ISBN : 9781407244778
  • SKU : B002312
  • PPC : SP400gm
  • RRP : £9.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"Cracking Stuff" - Robert Harris.

"Unquestionably deepens and enriches our understanding of the Bletchley story . . . Sebag-Montefiore demonstrates superbly that the seizure of the Enigma codebooks was among the crucial episodes in Britain's prosecution of the war." - The Observer.

"This subject is already popularised in many forms, books, DVD's, movies etc., but this account, by Sebag-Montefiore excels the lot. It is well written, clear, detailed, very readable and in a style which holds the readers attention. This a full account of the Enigma code, especially just how it was broken, the colourful characters involved and the political acuity of vision which put it so wisely to good use. Great book by a great, knowledgeable, competent author." - Amazon Review.

The Author

Nicholas Hugh Sebag-Montefiore is a British writer. He trained as a barrister before becoming a journalist and then a non-fiction writer. His second book Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man was published in 2006.

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