Seizing the Enigma

The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1939–1945, Revised Edition
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Published:March 15, 2012
By David Kahn (Author)

Seizing the Enigma tells the thrilling story of the Royal Navy's battle to crack the Germans' supposedly unbreakable U-boat Enigma code, which would allow the vital Allied convoys in the North Atlantic to be routed away from Dönitz's wolfpacks. This battle was fought both on shore and at sea: by an assortment of scientists, chess champions and linguists, including Alan Turing, the father of the modern computer, who struggled to crack Enigma at Bletchley Park, and in the Atlantic by sailors and intelligence officers, such as Ian Fleming, the future creator of James Bond, who undertook dangerous and often fatal missions to seize the essential encryption keys and Enigma machine components from Kriegsmarine surface ships and U-boats. Kahn expertly brings this unparalleled intelligence operation to life in this revised paperback edition of his classic book.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (March 15, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1591148073
  • ISBN-13: 9781591148074
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 19 oz
  • “[Kahn’s] 1997 history of cryptology The Codebreakers is regarded as the seminal work on the subject. One senses that in the future Seizing the Enigma will be regarded in the same vein. Kahn tells a long and technically demanding story with all the skills of a professional journalist. He deftly mixes intricate accounts of the workings of the Enigma machines themselves and their accompanying codes with useful pen portraits of the principal characters involved…an absorbing and thoroughly well documented account.” — Naval Books of the Year column in Warship, 2013
  • “The book remains a highly recommended account with a wealth of materials.” — Naval History Book Reviews, Naval Historical Foundation

David Kahn holds a PhD in history from Oxford University. He worked for thirty years as a journalist in New York and Paris, and taught intelligence courses at Yale and Columbia. In 2002, he was scholar-in-residence at the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C. His massive history of cryptology, The Codebreakers, is still considered the standard work on the subject.

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