The Battle for the CodeBook - 2000
"cracking stuff . . . vivid and hitherto unknown details."?Sunday Times (London
The complete untold story of the cracking of the infamous Nazi cod
Most histories of the cracking of the elusive Enigma code focus on the work done by the codebreakers at Bletchley Park, Britain?s famous World War II counterintelligence station. In this fascinating account, however, we are told, for the first time, the hair-raising stories of the heroic British and American sailors, spies, and secret agents who put their lives on the line to provide the codebreakers with the materials they needed. Noted British journalist Hugh Sebag-Montefiore tracked down many of the surviving players in the Enigma drama, and these witnesses?some of them speaking on record for the first time?provide unforgettable firsthand accounts of the courageous men and women who faced death in order to capture vital codebooks from sinking ships and snatch them from under the noses of Nazi officials. In addition to these gripping stories, we learn fascinating new details about the genesis of the code and the feverish activities at Bletchley. Enigma is a spellbinding account of the brilliant feat of decryption that turned the tide of World War II
Baker & Taylor
A vivid, fast-paced true tale of espionage retraces the successful Allied effort to break the German "Enigma" code.
Sebag-Montefiore (British attorney and journalist) utilized newly-discovered American and British archive documents, previously-confidential government files, and accounts of several survivors to develop this comprehensive exploration of the breaking of the German Enigma code by the Allies in WWII. Using an engaging, narrative style, the author describes in detail the work of the decoders at Bletchley Park (Britain's WWII counterintelligence station, and home of the author's ancestors until the late-1930s). He also recounts the previously-untold story of numerous British and American sailors, spies and secret agents who risked and sometimes lost their lives gathering information vital to the eventual success of the codebreakers, and critical to the outcome of WWII. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Recounts a true tale of espionage, retracing the successful Allied effort to break the German "Enigma" code.