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Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2011

    Great book! Recommended for anyone interested in WWII, codes, or espionage!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is the story of a young man at the outbreak of WWII who intends to become a codebreaker and ends up at SOE ensuring the security (and readability) of codes used by covert operatives in Europe (They are all hand codes used in the field, so don't expect anything like Enigma). It includes several interesting stories of the covert operatives he meets and bosses he has to deal with. It makes fascinating reading and I couldn't put it down! My only reason for giving four rather than five stars is that the Nook version has several typos, some of the tables are not well formated and the pictures have been removed. It is nonetheless quite readable and worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Not a good fit

    The book is well done except that it assumed you new more math than I actually did and I believe it could be said of more readers than just I. Very informational IF you had some background or knowledge of the workings of British government.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2004

    Buy it.

    It's as simple as my headline says - buy it. I've read it 5 times now, and it's one of my all time favorite books! Aside from being a brilliant account of Leo Marks' brilliance as a cryptographer and SoE's work during the war, it is also brilliantly written. Marks intellekt and litteral skill really shines through in his language and his humor. I can recommend this book to literraly ANYONE. It doesn't really matter if you like math and codes and stuff. Hell, you don't really need to care about WWII. What this book is about is not codes, and it's not even Marks himselft - it's about the people who fought the germans in every way they could. It's about the heroes of WWII who risked their lives, and frequently lost it, in the service of a greater good. Marks really makes the people he met come alive, and THAT is what makes this book outstanding. I dare you to not be touched during this book. Read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2003

    A Riviting Read!

    This is an amazing book. There are a lot of increadible stories from the seccond World War but very rarely do the great stories fall into the hands of great writers. Marks is in just that position. We all know the stories of Bletchley Park, the Enigma machine and Alan Turing (or if we don't we darn well should) but this is a rarely heard perspective of the other side of cryptography. I couldn't put this book down. A landmark in the history of code making and breaking. I've probably bought about five copies of this for the war story enthusiasts in my life and every one of them has been impressed.

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