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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
 
 
IRISH GHOSTS., Dunne, John J.
2 Dunne, John J. IRISH GHOSTS.
Belfast Appletree 1999 0862817668 / 9780862817664 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
118 pp, 8 1/8" H. B&w photographs. Publisher's bookmark laid in. "The banshee and the 'headless coach', phantom dogs and fearsome black cats, shadowy figures flitting along the dim corridors of old houses, gentle ladies that glide at midnight down gracious staircases, strange death warnings, unaccounted sounds at night in the secret recesses of storied castles - these are the ghosts of Ireland, an integral part of her tradition and atmosphere. (This book) contains forty-seven tales of such ghosts, ranging in time from the middle ages to the twentieth century, full illustrated throughout with photographs from the Lawrence O'Connor collection in Dublin." Inside - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor corner wear, small soft crease and very light rubbing on rear cover. 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
THE ROYAL SCOTS (THE ROYAL REGIMENT):  PIPE MUSIC., Richardson, R. F., Major General, foreword.
3 Richardson, R. F., Major General, foreword. THE ROYAL SCOTS (THE ROYAL REGIMENT): PIPE MUSIC.
Paterson's, London, c1981. 
92 pp, oblong (6 7/8" H x 10" D) soft cover. Contents: Foreword; History of Piping in The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment); Pipe Music: Part I - The Royal Scots Selection. / Part II - Regimental Marches. Company Marches. / Part III - Regimental Ca lls and Warnings; Index of Tunes; Index of Composers and Arrangers in Part I. Interior - light cigarette odor, two store stamps and small sticker residue mark on title page, otherwise clean and tight with with no other ownership marks. Ex t e r i o r - very light edge wear, minor rubbing, very light browning at edges of covers and edges of textblock. Very Good 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
THE GOLDEN SCORPION., Rohmer, Sax.  (Pseud. of Arthur Sarsfield Ward.)
4 Rohmer, Sax. (Pseud. of Arthur Sarsfield Ward.) THE GOLDEN SCORPION.
Tom Stacey, (London, 1972), reprint. 
250 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0854682260 "...Stuart was an ordinary London doctor, nothing more. But, having practised medicine in the Far East, he did have a unique knowledge of rare poisons; which was perhaps the reason why he was involved (with strange and mysterious goings on, including warnings of danger coming from the East from a beautiful woman calling herself Mademoiselle Dorian). Now the stranger in his study said: 'Permit me to present myself - Gaston Max, at your service!' The surprises of the night were evidently not over yet. For Stuart was due to perform a post mortem examination on the body of Gaston Max, the French detective, in a few hours time...'The Golden Scorpion' is a typically bizarre and thrilling mystery from the pen of Sax Rohmer, the creator of Dr. Fu-Manchu." Faint fold at bottom of first few pages, light wrinkle at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, large corner crease on front flap, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine anf flap-folds, crease along bottom edge of rear pane and flap, browning on inside - mainly at top edge. VG/VG- 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
5 Turner, E.S. THE PHONEY WAR.
St. Martin's, New York, (1962). 
311 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illus. (cartoons, posters). A look at Britain in the period before the Battle of Britain - a world of gas masks, blackouts, rationing, evacuations and warnings about what to do if a German parachutist lands on your doorstep - a time when it was an offensce to leave a car parked without disabling it and when signpost were torn down to confuse the enemy... Minor edge wear, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/wrinkling, several small chips and tears with creases - some with old tape reapirs, moderate rubbing, light fading to spine color, small stain on front panel. VG/G- 
Price: 12.50 USD
 


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