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Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II


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A million pages of new World War II codebreaking records have been released by the U.S. Army and Navy and the British government over the last five years. Now, andlt;Iandgt;Battle of Witsandlt;/Iandgt; presents the history of the war that these documents reveal. From the battle of Midway until the last German code was broken in January 1945, this is an astonishing epic of a war that was won not simply by brute strength but also by reading the enemy's intentions. andlt;BRandgt; The revelations of Stephen Budiansky's dramatic history include how Britain tried to manipulate the American codebreakers and monopolize German Enigma code communications; the first detailed published explanations of how the Japanese codes were broken; and how the American codebreaking machines worked to crack the Japanese, the German, and even the Russian diplomatic codes. The compelling narrative shows the crucial effect codebreaking had on the battlefields by explaining the urgency of stopping the wolf pack U-boat attacks in the North Atlantic, the importance of halting Rommel's tanks in North Africa, and the necessity of ensuring that the Germans believed the Allies' audacious deception and cover plans for D-Day. Unveiled for the first time, the complete story of codebreaking in World War II has now been told.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Stephen Budianskyandlt;/Bandgt; received a master's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University and worked on classified military studies as a Congressional Fellow. He is a correspondent for andlt;Iandgt;The Atlantic,andlt;/Iandgt; and his articles have also appeared in andlt;Iandgt;The Economist, The New York Times,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;U.S. News andamp;amp; World Report.andlt;/Iandgt; He lives in Leesburg, Virginia.

Table of Contents

andlt;Bandgt;Contentsandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;List of Mapsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Prologue: Midwayandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; 1. "No Good, Not Even for Intelligence"andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The end of the Black Chamber / William F. Friedman picks up the pieces / "I had the good sense to get out of it!" / Room 40 / Winston Churchill, an early convert / The Foreign Office, a late convert / The Soviet intercepts / A strategic failure for intelligenceandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; 2. Nature of the Beastandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The birth of codebreaking / Machine ciphers, Poland, and the Enigma / Depth reading / The distinct limitations of thievery / Solving the Red machineandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; 3. "Il y a du Nouveau"andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;1939, a dark new year / Meeting at Pyry Forest / Marian Rejewski's mathematical feat / Recovering the daily Enigma keys / Alan Turing and other "men of the professor type" / Bletchley Park / The Poles' flightandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; 4. Fighting Backandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;British mathematicians vs. the Enigma / The bombe takes shape / "A pile of dull, disjointed, and enigmatic scraps" / Cryptanalytic talent / Norway and Yellow / France and Red / HMSandlt;/Iandgt; Gloriousandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; 5. Impossible Problemsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The sinking ofandlt;/Iandgt; U-33 andlt;Iandgt;/ Naval Enigma and the bombe / Operationandlt;/Iandgt; ruthless andlt;Iandgt;and other straws / American isolationism / Purple / The British charm offensive / A mission to Bletchley, bearing giftsandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; 6. Success Breeds Successandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Blitz / Cape Matapan / Boniface,andlt;/Iandgt; barbarossa, andlt;Iandgt;and Bismarck / Naval Enigma,andlt;/Iandgt; U-110, andlt;Iandgt;and the trawler pinches / The eastern front and German atrocities / Trafalgar Day / Cribs and continuityandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; 7. The Machinesandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The British make polite noises / IBM machines and JN-25 / The machine attack on Floradora / Washington at war / Military vs. civilians / An American ultimatum / Better bombes / High-speed analyzersandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; 8. Paranoia Is Our Professionandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Dand#246;nitz's suspicions / The evacuation of Corregidor / The Midway leak / Some bungled operationsandlt;/Iandgt; / "do not talk at meals" / andlt;Iandgt;Suspicions among friendsandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; 9. The Shadow Warandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Calling the shots in the Mediterraneanandlt;/Iandgt; / torch andlt;Iandgt;and deception / The flight from Vichy / Atlantic convoysandlt;/Iandgt; / U-559 andlt;Iandgt;and the breaking of Shark / The hunt for leaks / The American invasion / Pressures and diversions / Women in uniformandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; 10. Command of the Etherandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Russian espionage and Project venona / GEE and Fish / Masters of deception / Yamamoto / The Water Transport code / Failure in the Ardennes / Signaling the endandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Epilogue: Legacyandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Appendixesandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt; A. Chronologyandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; B. Naval Enigma: Its Indicating System and the Method of "Banburismus"andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; C. Cryptanalysis of the Purple Machineandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; D. The Intercept Networkandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; E. Rapid Analytical Machinery (RAM)andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Notesandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Glossary and Abbreviationsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Bibliographyandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Acknowledgmentsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Index

Product Details

Budiansky, Stephen
Free Press
New York
Military - General
Military - World War II
World War, 19
General History
Military-World War II General
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
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Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 10
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16 pp insert
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