Battle of Wits

The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II

Author: Stephen Budiansky

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684859327

Category: History

Page: 436

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A million pages of new World War II codebreaking records have been released by the U.S. Army and Navy and the British government over the last five years. Now, Battle of Wits presents the history of the war that these documents reveal. From the Battle of Midway until the last German code was broken in January 1945, this is an astonishing epic of a war that was won not simply by brute strength but also by reading the enemy's intentions. The revelations of Stephen Budiansky's dramatic history include how Britain tried to manipulate the American codebreakers and monopolize German Enigma code communications; the first detailed published explanations of how the Japanese codes were broken; and how the American codebreaking machines worked to crack the Japanese, the German, and even the Russian diplomatic codes. This is the story of the Allied codebreakers puzzling through the most difficult codebreaking problems that ever existed. At the same time, the compelling narrative shows the crucial effect codebreaking had on the battle-fields by explaining the urgency of stopping the wolf pack U-boat attacks in the North Atlantic, the burning desire in the United States to turn the tide of the war after Pearl Harbor, the importance of halting Rommel's tanks in North Africa, and the necessity of ensuring that the Germans believed the Allies' audacious deception and cover plans for D-Day. Budiansky brings to life the unsung code-breaking heroes of this secret war: Joseph J. Rochefort, an intense and driven naval officer who ran the codebreaking operation in "The Dungeon", a dank basement at Pearl Harbor, that effectively won the Battle of Midway; Alan Turing, the eccentric father of the computerage, whose brilliant electromechanical calculators broke the German Enigma machine; and Ian Fleming, whose daredevil espionage schemes to recover codebooks resembled the plots of the 007 novels he later wrote. Among the villains, we meet the Nazi Admiral Donitz, who led the submarine wolf packs against Allied shipping in the North Atlantic with horrific casualty rates -- until the codebreakers stopped him. Budiansky, a Harvard-trained mathematician, demonstrates the mathematical insight and creativity of the cryptographers by showing step-by-step precisely how the codes were broken. This technology -- the flow of information, its encryption, and the computational methods of recovering it from the enemy -- had never before been so important to the outcome of a war. Informative diagrams, maps, appendices, and photographs show exactly how, why, and where the secret war was won. Unveiled for the first time, the complete story of codebreaking in World War II has now been told.
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Battle of wits

a history of psychology & deception in modern warfare

Author: David Owen

Publisher: Leo Cooper Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 207

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Battle of wits

a Jataka tale

Author: Padmashri P. Narasimhayya,Ram Waeerkar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Comic books, strips, etc

Page: 32

View: 3446

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Battle of Wits

Beliefs, Ideologies and Secret Agents in the 20th Century

Author: Mária Schmidt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cold War

Page: 320

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Battle of Wits

Author: YAGYA SHARMA

Publisher: Amar Chitra Katha Pvt Ltd

ISBN: 8189999133

Category: Bodhisattvas

Page: 32

View: 1276

He was just seven years old, but Aushadha Kumar already had the wisdom of the Buddha. Unscrupulous courtiers were terrified that he would oust them from positions of power and comfort, and tried every trick to keep him away from their king. But Aushadha was needed at court for the greater happiness of the kingdom. Eventually, nothing and no one could subdue his destiny.
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A Match of Wits (Ladies of Distinction Book #4)

Author: Jen Turano

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441264132

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancée, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes, by hook or by crook, she'll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home. Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home... until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha's determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they'll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics. Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth--until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?
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Moment of Battle

The Twenty Clashes that Changed the World

Author: Dr. James Lacey,Williamson Murray

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 034552697X

Category: History

Page: 478

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Two leading military historians present a case for what they have identified as the 20 most crucial battles of all time, explaining how each conflict represents a historical epoch that triggered profound transformations and significantly shaped the development of the modern world.
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Hiding From the Light

Author: Barbara Erskine

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007320973

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 4046

From the three million copy bestselling author of Lady of Hay comes the big new novel by the bestselling author of WHISPERS IN THE SAND is a gripping tale of witchcraft and romance, past and present, as her modern-day characters are caught up in a battle that has been raging for hundreds of years.
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Wit's End

Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out-of-Control Teen

Author: Sue Scheff

Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.

ISBN: 0757306977

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

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A true story tells about a mother who, after realizing the damage done to her daughter upon returning home from a disciplinary educational institution, created an advocacy group to work through the problems of at-risk teenagers and found a way to reconnect with her rebellious daughter using proper methods based on love and understanding. Original. 25,000 first printing.
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Tournament of Shadows

The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia

Author: Karl E. Meyer,Shareen Blair Brysac

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 078673678X

Category: History

Page: 704

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From the romantic conflicts of the Victorian Great Game to the war-torn history of the region in recent decades, Tournament of Shadows traces the struggle for control of Central Asia and Tibet from the 1830s to the present. The original Great Game, the clandestine struggle between Russia and Britain for mastery of Central Asia, has long been regarded as one of the greatest geopolitical conflicts in history. Many believed that control of the vast Eurasian heartland was the key to world dominion. The original Great Game ended with the Russian Revolution, but the geopolitical struggles in Central Asia continue to the present day. In this updated edition, the authors reflect on Central Asia's history since the end of the Russo-Afghan war, and particularly in the wake of 9/11.
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Combined Fleet Decoded

The Secret History of American Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II

Author: John Prados

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: 9781557504319

Category: History

Page: 832

View: 8146

Written in the style of a thriller but solidly based on an array of sources, this study reinterprets the entire sea campaign in the Pacific, using intelligence as the missing key to the Allied success. It examines every aspect of the secret war of intelligence -- from radio dispatches and espionage to vital information from prisoners and document translation -- showing how U.S. intelligence outsmarted Japan nearly every step of the way. The resulting assessment is a virtual rewriting of history that challenges previous conceptions about the Pacific conflict. John Prados relates the growing intelligence knowledge on both sides to the progress and outcome of naval actions. Along the way he offers a wealth of revelations that include data on how the United States caught the superbattleship Yamato and the impact of intelligence on the initial campaigns in the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies and the escape of American codebreakers from Corregidor. He also provides colorful vignettes of personalities who shaped the secret intelligence war. This ambitious work is not simply a rundown of code-breaking successes, but an astonishing demonstration of how the day-to-day accumulation of knowledge can produce extraordinary results. Its accounting of Japanese intelligence is unprecedented in detail. Its reassessment of battles and campaigns is presented not just in terms of troops or ships but in how the secret war actually played out. Lauded as a major new study when published in hardcover in 1995, the book remains the most comprehensive study written. For sheer drama and gut-level operational practicality, it ranks with the very best.
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A Million Open Doors

Author: John Barnes

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780812516333

Category: Fiction

Page: 309

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As instantaneous interstellar travel grows in popularity, Giraut, a swordsman, troubador, and lover, finds himself an ambassador to a different human world. Reprint.
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Empress Dowager Cixi

Author: Jung Chang

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0385350376

Category: History

Page: 448

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A New York Times Notable Book Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age. At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China—behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male. In this groundbreaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China. Under her the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, the telegraph and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. It was she who abolished gruesome punishments like “death by a thousand cuts” and put an end to foot-binding. She inaugurated women’s liberation and embarked on the path to introduce parliamentary elections to China. Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a diehard conservative and cruel despot. Cixi reigned during extraordinary times and had to deal with a host of major national crises: the Taiping and Boxer rebellions, wars with France and Japan—and an invasion by eight allied powers including Britain, Germany, Russia and the United States. Jung Chang not only records the Empress Dowager’s conduct of domestic and foreign affairs, but also takes the reader into the depths of her splendid Summer Palace and the harem of Beijing’s Forbidden City, where she lived surrounded by eunuchs—one of whom she fell in love, with tragic consequences. The world Chang describes here, in fascinating detail, seems almost unbelievable in its extraordinary mixture of the very old and the very new. Based on newly available, mostly Chinese, historical documents such as court records, official and private correspondence, diaries and eyewitness accounts, this biography will revolutionize historical thinking about a crucial period in China’s—and the world’s—history. Packed with drama, fast paced and gripping, it is both a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern China and an intimate portrait of a woman: as the concubine to a monarch, as the absolute ruler of a third of the world’s population, and as a unique stateswoman. From the Hardcover edition.
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House Rivals

Author: Mike Lawson

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802191320

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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In this “suspenseful and smart” thriller, Washington, DC, heavy hitter Joe DeMarco is out of town—and out of his element—facing his deadliest enemy yet (Booklist). Working behind the scenes in the nation’s capital, Joe DeMarco knows how to repay a debt. But now he’s repaying a debt owed by his boss—Minority Leader John Mahoney. Years ago, a man saved Mahoney’s life in Vietnam. Now, that man’s granddaughter, Sarah, is in dire need of help. Sarah has been battling against a billionaire oil tycoon with her online blog, trying to prevent him from despoiling any more of her beloved North Dakota landscape. Now she’s being threatened and physically assaulted by the tycoon’s hired muscle—and DeMarco is the only one who can protect her. But as DeMarco tracks his adversaries in the unfamiliar territory, the situation turns unexpectedly violent, and the fixer finds himself in a battle against a pair of ruthless corporate “problem solvers” who will stop at nothing to take Sarah and DeMarco out for good.
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Heart and Brain

An Awkward Yeti Collection

Author: The Awkward Yeti,Nick Seluk

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 1449474837

Category: Humor

Page: 144

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Boasting more than two million pageviews per month, TheAwkwardYeti.com has become a webcomic staple since its creation in 2012. In addition to tons of fan favorites, Heart and Brain contains more than 75 brand new comics that have never been seen online. From paying taxes and getting up for work to dancing with kittens and starting a band, readers everywhere will relate to the ongoing struggle between Heart and Brain.
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Punderdome

A Card Game for Pun Lovers

Author: Jo Firestone

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781101905654

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Page: N.A

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Blackett's War

The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare Warfare

Author: Stephen Budiansky

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307743632

Category: History

Page: 306

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Documents the story of a small group of scientists who applied intellectual strategies to battle techniques and revolutionized the process of waging wars, citing the contributions of future Nobel winner Patrick Blackett.
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