Title: The Bletchley Park Enigma: 200+ Facts on the Story of Alan Turing that Inspired the Smash Hit Movie The Imitation Game Starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Author: Alan Johnson and Amanda Strickland
Pages: 60 Pages
Publisher: Amazon Media
Are you a movie fan looking forward to seeing The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch?
Or a World War II buff with a particular interest in code breaking?
Alan Turing, the man who Winston Churchill described as the single biggest contributor to the Allied victory over the Nazis, was a genius of our lifetime and father of the modern day computer.
That we can now sit and read books on a computer screen is largely thanks to his early work developing the world’s first computer.
His code-breaking efforts during the Second World War are thought to have brought forward the end of the war by two years, a remarkable achievement.
Recently, recognition of Turing’s work has exploded.
Bletchley Park where Turing worked during WWII has been restored. It now acts as a major tourist destination and place of historical interest.
Turing’s story has also now been dramatized in a major new movie starring actor-of-the-moment, Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Imitation Game has received rave early reviews and is currently on short lists for Oscar success.
Cumberbatch, best-known to us as the inimitable detective in the British TV series, Sherlock, brings this intriguing and heroic man to life with his own unique acting style. In doing so, he tells his story to a generation who need to know just what he achieved and how much he changed the world.
But what was this strange, socially awkward man, painfully inept at the common niceties of life, really about?
The Bletchley Park Enigma: 200+ Facts on the Story of Alan Turing That Inspired the Smash Hit Movie The Imitation Game Starring Benedict Cumberbatch details the real life story of Alan Turing, his ground-breaking work, his complexities, the ultimate tragedy of his life and his posthumous success.
You will learn about:
- His earlywork
- Code breakingat Bletchley Park
- The post-waryears
- The tragedyof his personal life
- Efforts to pardon him and honorhis work
- News about The Imitation Gameand Benedict Cumberbatch
All this put down in a rapid reading format so that you can absorb it super-quick. This is a great companion book to the movie.
I won’t lie to you, I knew very little about Alan Turing or the whole Bletchley Park thing before reading this book. Nope, I am not one of those amusingly titled ladies who call themselves “Cumberbitches” it was just that this book was on offer a few years ago and I willy-nillily clicked Buy It Now.
Currently, I am going through a WW1 and WW2 fascination so I thought I would give it a read and I am awfully glad I did. There are so many threads to our history of war that it is sometimes difficult to keep up with them all. I am enjoying learning about the home ground help that was provided by the coders and decoders at Bletchley Park.
Alan Turing’s life in particular seemed so multifaceted that this book serves the purpose of giving you enough information whilst also making you want to find out more. It is a quick simple grab bag on information that doesn’t get too lost in political tangents so you can really focus on the efforts of one figure.
For those wanting to dip a tentative toe in the history of Bletchley Park then this is the book for you!
The Bletchley Park Enigma by Alan Johnson and Amanda Strickland is available now.