- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Aurum Press; Reprint edition (August 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845136330
- ISBN-13: 978-1845136338
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The WWII Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked There Reprint Edition
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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.
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This isn't a book about the code-breaking itself but rather the social history of life at the park and the extraordinary work that went on behind the scenes of the Second World War I had no idea just how large the operation was, approximately 9000 people were working there when it was at its height. It was the little details that were most interesting, such as the billets they lived in and the different personalities of the men in charge. There was also a good deal of perspective from the many women who worked there, from the code-breakers to the WRENs who managed the bombes to the messenger girl.
It was very good at explaining the pressures the people were under, the difficult shifts they had to work and the mental stress this would cause. Lots of fascinating stories such as the romances and cultural side as well. It was also very interesting to read how the secret was kept for so long, which was a minor miracle in itself.
What I found most moving was the story of Alan Turing and his tragic end. What a waste, imagine what would have happened if he had lived to his natural age and the developments he could have created.
Fascinating stuff and if you are interested in the part of history, then a must buy.
I found this so interesting and purposely ordered from a bookstore in London..great read!
An enjoyable read from an historical and documentary point and anyone who is interested in this valuable part played in the history of WW II secret warfare will find it a great addition to their library.