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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.
1 Clark, Ronald. THE MAN WHO BROKE PURPLE: THE LIFE OF COLONEL WILLIAM F. FRIEDMAN, WHO DECIPHERED THE JAPANESE CODE IN WORLD WAR II.
Boston Little Brown 1977 0316145955 / 9780316145954 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
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. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
2 Glines, Carroll V. ATTACK ON YAMAMOTO.
Orion, New York, 1990, book club edition. 
240 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "Here is the dramatic story of the American mission to shoot Japan's greatest admiral out of the sky....America's code breakers intercepted a secret Japanese message: Adm. Isoro ku Yamamoto - Commander in Chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet, the man who had masterminded the attack on Pearl Harbor - would by flying to a Japanese base on Bougainville. In response, Maj. John W. Mitchell led a squadron of P-38 Lightnin g f i g h t ers on the longest fighter intercept mission in history, one that became a classic in the annals of the U.S. Air Force. On April 18, 1943, against overwhelming odds, Yamamoto's plane was shot down. A daring, powerful enemy leader, rev er e d by h is p eople, had been eliminated. It was a terrible blow to Japanese morale and an extraordinary boost for Americans fighting in the Pacific. After the mission, a controversy arose: Which pilot actually shot down Yamamoto's plane? It is a c ont rov ers y t hat has never been fully resolved, and in (this book, the author) turns his formidable research skills on it, providing readers with an extraordinary, true tale of adventure and detection." Two tiny corner bumps, light wea r/wr ink lin g at bot tom of s pine, light soiling at bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket has small chips or tears along with wear and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few edges tears with creases, minor rubbing and soiling, color offs et o n in side of sp ine. Ver y Good-/Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
ENIGMA:  CODEBREAKING AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Hoare, Oliver, introduced and selected by.
3 Hoare, Oliver, introduced and selected by. ENIGMA: CODEBREAKING AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
Public Record Office, Richmond, 2002. 
Collection of 16 facsimile documents in card case - in original publisher's shrinkwrap. ISBN 1903365406 "The story of Allied codebreaking during the Second World War is one of extraordinary complexity, significance and success. The centre of Brit ain's codebreaking operation was at Bletchley Park (the home of 'Station X' during the war), and it was here the codebreakers raced to decipher German military signals, in particular the 'unbreakable' naval Enigma codes. The special intelli g e n c e ( r eferred to as 'Ultra') that they provided had a major influence on the outcome of hostilities, most notably contributing to crucial successes in the Battle for the Atlantic. Despite Churchill's orders at the end of the war that all e vi de nc e re l at in g to codebreaking be destroyed, many papers, including internal histories, summaries, and copies of decrypts, did survive. Key documents from this unique archive - many of which have never been published before - are faithfull y r epr odu ce d i n thi s p ack, providing a fascinating introduction to Britain's cryptographic secrets of the Second World War." Minor bump at one corner. Near Fine 
Price: 28.00 USD
 


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