The Secret Lives of Codebreakers

The Secret Lives of Codebreakers
Author : Sinclair McKay
Publisher : Plume Books
Total Pages : 338
Release : 2012-09-25
ISBN 10 : 0452298717
ISBN 13 : 9780452298712
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secret Lives of Codebreakers Book Description:

Describes the vastly different types of people working alongside each other at Britain's Government Code and Cypher School and how they passed their time at this extraordinary facility when they weren't working on projects vital to saving the world. Original. 40,000 first printing.

The Secret Life of Bletchley Park

The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
Author : Sinclair McKay
Publisher : Aurum
Total Pages : 280
Release : 2011-08-26
ISBN 10 : 9781845136833
ISBN 13 : 1845136837
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secret Life of Bletchley Park Book Description:

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 in the Buckinghamshire countryside 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 boffins, 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? What was life like for them – an odd, secret territory between the civilian and the military? Sinclair McKay’s book is the first history for the general reader of life at Bletchley Park, and 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.

The Codebreakers

The Codebreakers
Author : David Kahn
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Total Pages : 1200
Release : 1996-12-05
ISBN 10 : 9781439103555
ISBN 13 : 1439103550
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Codebreakers Book Description:

The magnificent, unrivaled history of codes and ciphers -- how they're made, how they're broken, and the many and fascinating roles they've played since the dawn of civilization in war, business, diplomacy, and espionage -- updated with a new chapter on computer cryptography and the Ultra secret. Man has created codes to keep secrets and has broken codes to learn those secrets since the time of the Pharaohs. For 4,000 years, fierce battles have been waged between codemakers and codebreakers, and the story of these battles is civilization's secret history, the hidden account of how wars were won and lost, diplomatic intrigues foiled, business secrets stolen, governments ruined, computers hacked. From the XYZ Affair to the Dreyfus Affair, from the Gallic War to the Persian Gulf, from Druidic runes and the kaballah to outer space, from the Zimmermann telegram to Enigma to the Manhattan Project, codebreaking has shaped the course of human events to an extent beyond any easy reckoning. Once a government monopoly, cryptology today touches everybody. It secures the Internet, keeps e-mail private, maintains the integrity of cash machine transactions, and scrambles TV signals on unpaid-for channels. David Kahn's The Codebreakers takes the measure of what codes and codebreaking have meant in human history in a single comprehensive account, astonishing in its scope and enthralling in its execution. Hailed upon first publication as a book likely to become the definitive work of its kind, The Codebreakers has more than lived up to that prediction: it remains unsurpassed. With a brilliant new chapter that makes use of previously classified documents to bring the book thoroughly up to date, and to explore the myriad ways computer codes and their hackers are changing all of our lives, The Codebreakers is the skeleton key to a thousand thrilling true stories of intrigue, mystery, and adventure. It is a masterpiece of the historian's art.

Codebreaker Girls

Codebreaker Girls
Author : Jan Slimming
Publisher : Pen & Sword Military
Total Pages : 352
Release : 2021
ISBN 10 : 1526784114
ISBN 13 : 9781526784117
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Codebreaker Girls Book Description:

"What would it be like to keep a secret for fifty years? Never telling your parents, your children, or even your husband?" Codebreaker Girls: A Secret Life at Bletchley Park tells the true story of Daisy Lawrence. Following extensive research, the author uses snippets of information, unpublished photographs and her own recollections to describe scenes from her mother's poor, but happy, upbringing in London, and the disruptions caused by the outbreak of the Second World War to a young woman in the prime of her life. The author asks why, and how, Daisy was chosen to work at the Government war station, as well as the clandestine operation she experienced with others, deep in the British countryside, during a time when the effects of the war were felt by everyone. In addition, the author examines her mother's personal emotions and relationships as she searches for her young fiancée, who was missing in action overseas. The three years at Bletchley Park were Daisy's university, but having closed the door in 1945 on her hidden role of national importance -- dealing with Germany, Italy and Japan -- this significant period in her life was camouflaged for decades in the filing cabinet of her mind. Now her story comes alive with descriptions, original letters, documents, newspaper cuttings and unique photographs, together with a rare and powerful account of what happened to her after the war.

The Secret Life of Bletchley Park

The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
Author : Sinclair McKay
Publisher :
Total Pages : 336
Release : 2010
ISBN 10 : OCLC:920301697
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secret Life of Bletchley Park Book Description:

My Secret Life in Hut Six

My Secret Life in Hut Six
Author : Mair Russell-Jones
Publisher : Lion Books
Total Pages : 256
Release : 2014-07-18
ISBN 10 : 9780745956657
ISBN 13 : 0745956653
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Secret Life in Hut Six Book Description:

The story of the World War 2 de-coders of Bletchley Park continues to fascinate. How did Mair Thomas, a musician brought up in the Welsh valleys, find herself in the rarefied atmosphere of Hut Six, surrounded by hundreds of others, all desperately trying to break the German Enigma Code? Sworn to secrecy and working in cramped and uncomfortable conditions, Mair discovered her degree in German and Music was just what was needed. Drawn from the public schools and Oxbridge her background was very different to that of most of her colleagues and she didn't immediately fit in. This captivating memoir unpacks her daily life and explores the relationships she built. My Secret Life in Hut Six provides a fascinating insight into one woman's battle against Nazi Germany vividly capturing an era of danger, strain and day to day difficulties that were brightened occasionally by visits from the top brass, such as Winston Churchill.

Bletchley Park The Secret Archives

Bletchley Park   The Secret Archives
Author : Sinclair McKay
Publisher : Aurum Press Limited
Total Pages : 176
Release : 2016-03-15
ISBN 10 : 1781315345
ISBN 13 : 9781781315347
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bletchley Park The Secret Archives Book Description:

This beautifully presented slipcased collector's edition of the best selling title, The Lost World of Bletchley Park is a comprehensive illustrated history of this remarkable place, from its prewar heyday as a country estate, its wartime requisition and how it became the place where modern computing was invented and the German Enigma code was cracked, to its post-war dereliction and then rescue towards the end of the twentieth century as a museum. Removable memorabilia includes: 1938 recruiting memo with a big tick against Turing's name Churchill's 'Action this day' letter giving code breakers extra resources Handwritten Turing memos Top Secret Engima decryptions, about the sinking of the Bismark, German High Command's assessment of D-Day threat and the message announcing Hitler's suicide A wealth of everyday items such as authentic theatre posters, a map of Bletchley Park, canteen menus, teleprinter print-outs of codes, the Colossus paper tape spooled through machines Newly redesigned interiors with 25% new content, high end slipcase package featuring removable facsimile documents, this is an essential purchase for everyone interested and wanting to experience the place where code-breaking helped to win the war.

The Lost World of Bletchley Park

The Lost World of Bletchley Park
Author : Sinclair McKay
Publisher : Aurum Press Limited
Total Pages : 192
Release : 2013-11-01
ISBN 10 : 9781781311912
ISBN 13 : 1781311919
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lost World of Bletchley Park Book Description:

In "the lost world of Bletchley Park", Sinclair McKay tells the story of the park from its pre-war heyday, to its late 20th century resurrection to play host to both Antiques Roadshow and the Queen. With special access to the Park's archives, the 200 illustrations include many previously unseen and unauthorized photographs of Wrens and codebreakers minding machines or simply relaxing by the lake soaking up the sunshine.

The Spies of Winter

The Spies of Winter
Author : Sinclair McKay
Publisher : Aurum
Total Pages : 352
Release : 2017-01-10
ISBN 10 : 9781781316184
ISBN 13 : 178131618X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Spies of Winter Book Description:

Following on from the enormous success of his bestseller, The Secret Life of Bletchley Park, renowned author Sinclair McKay uncovers the story of what happened after the end of the Second World War. Once victory was declared, many of the individuals who had achieved the seemingly impossible at Bletchley Park by cracking the impenetrable Enigma codes and giving the Allies an invaluable insight directly into the Nazi war machine, moved on to GCHQ. This was the British government’s new facility established to fight a different, but no less formidable foe – Stalin and the KGB. Fascinating and insightful revelations from deep within the archives of this secret organisation reveal the story of the tumultuous early years of GCHQ as it navigated its way through an era of double agents, deception and betrayals. From the defection of the Cambridge Five and the treachery of the atomic scientist Klaus Fuchs, to the collapse of the British Empire, the ascension of Chairman Mao and the emergence of the US as a superpower, McKay deftly explores the impact these events had on the fledgling organisation. During the years of the Cold War the men and women of GCHQ penetrated Soviet encryptions and gathered crucial intelligence from all over the world. The Spies of Winter tells the story of the codebreakers themselves and how they used new technology to expand the horizons of cryptography in order to defend the nation and maintain the fragile peace in a world now under the shadow of nuclear holocaust.

The Codebreakers

The Codebreakers
Author : Alli Sinclair
Publisher : MIRA
Total Pages : 352
Release : 2021-03-03
ISBN 10 : 148929693X
ISBN 13 : 9781489296931
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Codebreakers Book Description:

They will dedicate their lives to their country, but no one will ever know... A compelling story about tenacity and friendship, inspired by the real codebreaking women of Australia's top-secret Central Bureau in WWII. For readers who love Judy Nunn and Kate Quinn. 1943, Brisbane: The war continues to devastate and the battle for the Pacific threatens Australian shores. For Ellie O'Sullivan, helping the war effort means utilising her engineering skills for Qantas as they evacuate civilians and deliver supplies to armed forces overseas. Her exceptional logic and integrity attract the attention of the Central Bureau-an intelligence organisation working with England's Bletchley Park codebreakers. But joining the Central Bureau means signing a lifetime secrecy contract. Breaking it is treason. With her country's freedom at risk, Ellie works with a group of elite women who enter a world of volatile secrets; deciphering enemy communications to change the course of the war. Working under immense pressure, they form a close bond-yet there could be a traitor in their midst. Can the women uncover the culprit before it's too late? As Ellie struggles with the magnitude of the promise she's made to her country, a wedge grows between her and those she holds dear. When the man she loves asks questions she's forbidden to answer, how will she prevent the double life she's leading from unravelling?