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Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway
Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway
by Elliot Carlson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Prickly Maverick Vindicated, November 9, 2011
Here's the rare book, lucidly written and meticulously documented, that is capable of engrossing both the general reader and the naval historian. Joe Rochefort was prickly man, stubborn and tactless at times when silence might have served him better. But he was also brillant at what he did, which was nothing less than breaking the Japanese naval code. The work of Rochefort and his team was absolutely central to the stunning American victory at Midway. Ironically and unfairly, Rochefort found himself effectively demoted within months of his greatest triumph, the victim of enemies he had made within the U.S. Navy. It would take decades before this complicated, gifted man was fully vindicated, and, sadly, the ultimate recognition of his service to the nation would come only after his death. Elliot Carlson tells Rochefort's story with flair and in detail. One could say that this book reads like a spy novel, and, indeed, it can serve as an introduction to the arcane arts of spycraft and codebreaking. But in a sense it is better than a novel: this actually happened.

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