Hijacking Enigma: The Insider's Tale

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Wiley, Oct 6, 2003 - History - 302 pages
In a quiet graveyard in rural England a well-dressed man is digging at a tomb. He is careful not to disturb the occupant's slumbers as he removes a deeply buried package. He recovers the find and drives away. Shortly afterwards, another man also approaches the grave. He, however, is disappointed. This nerve-tingling operation is part of a cat-and-mouse plot played out between the police and the possessor of a rare and valuable Enigma machine that had been stolen from Bletchley Park.

This bizarre episode in Bletchley Park's history is as mysterious as the activities of the wartime codebreakers who worked there. In this gripping detective story Christine Large, Director of Bletchley Park, reveals the theft's inside story and explains exactly how the person in possession of the machine was caught.

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It's almost unheard of me to give up on a book but I struggled two-thirds of the way in to this one before I finally succumbed. Why? It's hard to be sure but I think the writer's style is almost as impenetrable as the Enigma machine itself. For serious crypto-geeks only. Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Christine Large continues a line of individualistic Bletchley Park directors. Her career began with a law degree and includes private sector business roles and voluntary work. She has been employed by the National Federation of Women?s Institutes, has been a university lecturer in business studies, a CBI London council member, chaired the governing body of London?s largest state primary school and chaired a national charity.
She helped Bletchley Park as a volunteer for 18 months before being appointed its Director in 1998. Christine?s mother-in-law worked at Bletchley Park during the war and her father-in-law retrieved Allied spies from overseas for Special Operations Executive. Her mission is to build on the codebreaking pioneers? work, transforming the site into a heritage park famed for education and technology innovation.
Christine lives in London and is married with two daughters. Her hobbies include playing the cello and learning Russian.

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