The Man Who Broke Napoleon's Codes

Mark Urban, Author
Mark Urban, Author HarperCollins Publishers $25.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-018891-7
Reviewed on: 03/01/2002
Release date: 03/01/2002
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Alan Turing wasn't the only Brit with a genius for code cracking. The Man Who Broke Napoleon's Codes introduces readers to George Scovell, an engraver's apprentice who stumbled into a job as the Duke of Wellington's decoder and managed to unravel Bonaparte's legendary Great Paris Cipher, which contained 1,400 coded elements. Mark Urban, a BBC correspondent, chronicles Wellington's campaigns against the French from the battle of Corunna in 1809 to the 1815 victory at Waterloo, showing how Scovell's decoding of enemy communiqu s was pivotal to Napoleon's defeat. (Mar.)
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