CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR
ENIGMA: THE BATTLE FOR THE CODE
Some might think that the story of Bletchley Park and Enigma…is now so well known as not to require re-telling. They would be wrong…Hugh Sebag-Montefiore uses material not available to earlier writers, as well as drawing on interviews with all sides. His enthusiasm for his subject is infectious and enlivening…Overall, this book is a significant contribution to its subject and an engrossing read.
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore’s…indispensable research…unquestionably deepens and enriches our understanding of the Bletchley story…(and) demonstrates superbly that the seizure of the Engima codebooks was without doubt among the crucial episodes in Britain’s prosecution of the war. The scene in which ‘Florrie’ Ford dives into the icy waters off Trondheim to grab the canvas bag containing the Engima codebooks is the stuff of war stories at their most gripping…Does it matter that there is not a shred of evidence to support the plot…in Hollywood’s version of the battle for the code, U-571? I don’t think so. Thanks to Hugh Sebag-Montefiore…the facts are secure.
The…book is to say the least stirring
Sebag-Montefiore gives vivid, and often hitherto unknown, details about each of the Engima seizures…cracking stuff!
A reliable non-celluloid version of the capture of the Enigma material.
Meticulous research…Hugh Sebag-Montefiore weaves together the two strands of the battle against Enigma, the efforts of the cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park, and repeated attempts…to capture the cipher books and Enigma parts…What clearly emerges…is the dependence of the codebreakers on such help. It is a useful corrective.
(Enigma:) The Battle For The Code reads like a thriller. In vivid and pacey detail the book describes how the Allies got lucky with the capture of U-boat encryption codes…Hugh Sebag-Montefiore’s book opens up a very secret but compelling chapter in British war history and throws a light on the improbable heroes and collaborators who, in cracking the code, turned the war into a great Allied victory.
Manchester Evening News
The extent of (Hugh Sebag-Montefiore’s) research is nothing short of exhaustive as he flits around Europe interviewing everyone from German survivors to ageing sherry-addled Brits.
Newcastle Upon Tyne Journal
A very informative book written with both passion and sympathy and appears to give no ground in the search for truth.
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore has scored a scoop…It seemed impossible to learn any more about about the World War 2 era’s most important spy (the Enigma spy, Hans Thilo Schmidt)…Sebag-Montefiore (who) drove beyond obstacles to find Schmidt’s daughter…has fleshed out a name, and we historians of the intelligence world are grateful…Many new British and American documents have been declassified in recent years, and Sebag-Montefiore has a remarkable talent in finding survivors. He has used both sources to tell new tales and to add detail to the old.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
The knowledgeable and objective writing style…reveals much of the previously unknown details of each action especially the battle (for the code) at sea. It also gives one a deep insight into the work and success of the codebreakers.
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