Hugh Sebag-Montefiore - Enigma (The Battle For The Code) (2nd Hand Paperback)
ISBN / GTIN-13 : 9781474608329
The complete story of how the German Enigma codes were broken. Perfect for fans of The Imitation Game, the film on Alan Turing's Enigma code, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Breaking the German Enigma codes was not only about brilliant mathematicians and professors at Bletchley Park. There is another aspect of the story which it is only now possible to tell. It takes in the exploits of spies, naval officers and ordinary British seamen who risked, and in some cases lost, their lives snatching the vital Enigma codebooks from under the noses of Nazi officials and from sinking German ships and submarines.
This book tells the whole Enigma story: its original invention and use by German forces and how it was the Poles who first cracked - and passed on to the British - the key to the German air force Enigma. The more complicated German Navy Enigma appeared to them to be unbreakable.
- Format : Thicker 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - War & Civil War
- Published : 2000 (This Edition 2011 - W&N)
- ISBN : 9781474608329
- SKU : B003173
- PPC : SP500gm
- RRP : £10.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
With some B&W photographs.
"Cracking stuff. - Robert Harris, The Times.
"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.
"To be honest, the book concentrates more on the highly-researched story of the breaking of the enigma code and the personalities from various Allied countries involved in this process, but the author has taken the trouble to provide appendices in the book which illustrate and explain the technical problems faced by the code-breakers, and explanations of their solutions. It is possible to read the book and ignore the appendices, and still have an enjoyable read of a quiltwork of fragments of interlocking individual contributions to the solution of the 'unbreakable' cryptographic machine, but if like me, you prefer to understand what was going on at each stage, then this information is presented in technical summaries in the appendices." - Amazon Review.
Nicholas Hugh Sebag-Montefiore (born 5 March 1955) 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. His previous book is Enigma: The Battle for the Code, the story of breaking the German Enigma machine code at Bletchley Park during the Second World War (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000). His family owned Bletchley Park until they sold it to the British government in 1938. In 2016, Somme: Into the Breach appeared in time for the 100th anniversary of the Somme Offensive. Cecil Sebag-Montefiore, the author's great-grandfather, killed himself after serving with the Royal Engineers on the Western Front. He has been married since 1989 to Aviva Burnstock, the head of the Department of Art Conservation & Technology at the Courtauld Institute in London. His brother Simon Sebag Montefiore is also a writer, besides being an historian. His cousin Denzil was a platoon commander at Dunkirk.
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