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The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The Ww11 Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked There

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Bletchley Park was where one of the war's most famous and crucial achievements was made: the cracking of Germany's Enigma code in which its most important military communications were couched. This country house was home to Britain's most brilliant mathematical brains, like Alan Turing, and the scene of immense advances in technology--indeed, the birth of modern computing. The military codes deciphered there were instrumental in turning both the Battle of the Atlantic and the war in North Africa. But, though plenty has been written about the scientists and the codebreaking, fictional and non-fiction--from Robert Harris and Ian McEwan to Andrew Hodges' biography of Turing--what of the thousands of men and women who lived and worked there during the war? The first history for the general reader of life at Bletchley Park, this is also an amazing compendium of memories from people now in their eighties of skating on the frozen lake in the grounds (a depressed Angus Wilson, the novelist, once threw himself in), of a youthful Roy Jenkins--useless at codebreaking, of the high jinks at nearby accommodation hostels, and of the implacable secrecy that meant girlfriend and boyfriend working in adjacent huts knew nothing about each other's work.

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This country house in the Buckinghamshire countryside was home to Britains most brilliant mathematical brains and the scene of immense advances in technology—indeed, the birth of modern computing. The military codes deciphered there were instrumental in turning both the Battle of the Atlantic and the war in North Africa. McKay's book is the first history for the general reader of life at Bletchley Park, and an amazing compendium of memories from people who were once its habitants—of skating on the frozen lake in the grounds, of the high jinks at nearby accommodation hostels—and of the implacable secrecy that meant girlfriend and boyfriend working in adjacent huts knew nothing about each others work. 

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Sinclair McKay writes for the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. His other works include The Man With the Golden Touch: How the Bond Films Conquered the World and A Thing of Unspeakable Horror: The History of Hammer Films.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781845136338
Subtitle:
The WW11 Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked There
Author:
Mckay, Sinclair
Author:
McKay, Sinclair
Publisher:
Aurum Press
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110825
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in 1 lb

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This country house in the Buckinghamshire countryside was home to Britains most brilliant mathematical brains and the scene of immense advances in technology—indeed, the birth of modern computing. The military codes deciphered there were instrumental in turning both the Battle of the Atlantic and the war in North Africa. McKay's book is the first history for the general reader of life at Bletchley Park, and an amazing compendium of memories from people who were once its habitants—of skating on the frozen lake in the grounds, of the high jinks at nearby accommodation hostels—and of the implacable secrecy that meant girlfriend and boyfriend working in adjacent huts knew nothing about each others work. 
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