Book Review – The Enigma Story: The Truth Behind the ‘Unbreakable’ World War II Cipher

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – John Dermot Turing is the nephew of Alan Turing and the author of eight books. The Enigma Story: The Truth Behind the ‘Unbreakable’ World War II Cipherwas published in 2022. It is my 67th book to complete in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own! I categorize this book/novel as G.

The book covers the development of the Enigma machine and gives considerable credit to the Polish code-breaking effort. It goes on to detail the work by the British at Bletchley Park and the efforts by Alan Turing to break the German code. The Bombe machines developed to break the code are described. The book also describes the American resources devoted to breaking the German codes.

I enjoyed the 6 hours I spent reading this 226-page WWII history. My career was spent working with computers. I am always amazed at what those at Bletchley Park were able to accomplish! I like the chosen cover art. I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5.

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If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Resources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 590 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

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