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THE MAN WHO BROKE PURPLE:  THE LIFE OF COLONEL WILLIAM F. FRIEDMAN, WHO DECIPHERED THE JAPANESE CODE IN WORLD WAR II., Clark, Ronald.

Author Name    Clark, Ronald.

Title   THE MAN WHO BROKE PURPLE: THE LIFE OF COLONEL WILLIAM F. FRIEDMAN, WHO DECIPHERED THE JAPANESE CODE IN WORLD WAR II.

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good

Jacket Condition   Very Good-

Edition   First American Edition

Publisher   Boston Little Brown 1977

ISBN Number    0316145955 / 9780316145954

Seller ID   30102

271 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "(T)ells the story of William Friedman, the master cryptographer who solved the 'unbreakable' Japanese cipher system, 'Purple', used by the Imperial navy and the Japanese embassy in Berlin. (This) is the first full-scale, authorized biography of the attractive but driven leader of the only wartime enterprise as top secret as the manufacture of the first atomic bomb. (It) provides a sober account of how America's early, scattered intelligence agencies burgeoned steadily without foresight into a modern bureaucracy characterized by pathological secrecy and ethical ambiguity - and how such expansion took a severe toll on Friendman's mental and physical health. Clark discloses how much the Purple decipherments contributed to the Allied offensive in Europe and, most of all, influenced the outcome of the war in the Pacific: how the Battle of Midway and the ambush of Yamamoto's plane over Bougainville were decided by decoded Purple messages; and how, tragically, circumstances prevented the deciphered warnings of an impending attack from being understood in time at Pearl Harbor. A thoughtful biography of a dapper figure who transformed cryptography from a remote craft 'run by guess and by God' to a complex science, (it) triumphs in its recreation of those agonizing hours when the fate of our fleet in the Pacific, and its officers and men, was determined by a handful of men with only small strips of paper sitting in a room thousands of miles away." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/creasing - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, crease down front flap at fore-edge, one small edge tear with crease, protected in a mylar sleeve.

William  Frederick  Friedman,  Cryptography,  Cryptographers,  World  War  II,  Second  World  War,  Codes,  Codebreakers,  Japanese  Codes,  Pubple,  Washington,  Black  Chamber,  Pearl  Harbor,  Secret  Missions,  Biography,  Sir  Francis  Bacon,  Berlin,  Bletchley,  Cheltenham,  Cryptographic  Headquarters,  Rives  Childs,  Cipher  Bureau,  Colonel  George  Fabyan,  Enigma  MacHine,  Fort  Monmouth,  Elizebeth  Friedman,  Elizabeth  Wells  Gallup,  German  Cryptography,  Boris  Hagelin,  Hawaii,  I.B.M.,  Solomon  Kullback,  George  C.  Marshall,  Colonel  J.O.  Mauborgne,  Frank  Moorman,  National  Security  Agency,  New  York,  Riverbank  Estate  And  Laboratories,  Franklin  Delano  Roosevelt,  William  Shakespeare,  Shakespeare-Bacon  Controversy,  Tokyo,  United  States  Army,  United  States  Signal  Corps,  United  States  War  Department,  H.O.  Yardley,  Winds  Execute  Message. 

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