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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
probably not. there are better books on the subject
Has The Secret Lives of Codebreakers turned you off from other books in this genre?
Not at all
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I hate to be too hard on this book, but I personally found it a very dull read on a subject I am fascinated by. It's not easy to write engaging non-fiction, but if ever there was fertile ground for it, it was the story of Bletchley Park in the 30s and 40s.There was nothing new for me in this recounting of the facts- though there were some interesting "telling" about some of the more interesting personalities and management styles, but it all read like a newspaper account- there was no "showing". I never felt any kind of connection to the people or the place. It was all just thoroughly, but dryly described.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I've read or listened to several histories of Bletchley Park. This one does a great job of letting you know what it was like for the people who were there. How the food was. What the conditions were at their billets. How so many people could work in such close proximity and rarely see one another. How the secret of Ultra could have been kept by so many, for so long.
And, yes, what sorts of contributions to the war they were making, whether they knew it at the time or not.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful