The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park (Paperback)

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After tearing my way through Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope series, I was curious about Bletchley Park and codebreaking. I was immediately fascinated by how the recruits came from all aspects of society and were not just mathematicians. McKay throws the reader into daily life and covers all aspects of what happened at Bletchley. This non-fiction read is a great companion to any WWII mystery! - John (also recommended by Sally!)

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Bletchley Park looked like any other sprawling country estate. In reality, however, it was the top-secret headquarters of Britain's Government Code and Cypher School and the site where Germany's legendary Enigma code was finally cracked. There, the nation's most brilliant mathematical minds including Alan Turing, whose discoveries at Bletchley would fuel the birth of modern computing toiled alongside debutantes, factory workers, and students on projects of international importance. Until now, little has been revealed about ordinary life at this extraordinary facility. Drawing on remarkable first-hand interviews, The Secret Lives of Codebreakers reveals the entertainments, pastimes, and furtive romances that helped ease the incredible pressures faced by these covert operatives as they worked to turn the tide of World War II.

About the Author

SINCLAIR MCKAY is the bestselling author of The Secret Lives of Codebreakers (published in the UK as The Secret Life of Bletchley Park) andThe Secret Listeners for Aurum, as well as histories of Hammer films, the James Bond films, and the pastime of rambling. He lives in London."

Praise For…

"McKay's book is an eloquent tribute to a quite remarkable group of men and women, whose like we will not see again." - Mail On Sunday

"Five stars." - Sunday Telegraph

Product Details
ISBN: 9780452298712
ISBN-10: 0452298717
Publisher: Plume Books
Publication Date: September 25th, 2012
Pages: 338
Language: English