Review: The Secret Lives of Codebreakers, by Sinclair McKay
Daniel Wahl August 20, 2012
Daniel Wahl reviews The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park, by Sinclair McKay.
Review: Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America, by Mark R. Levin
Michael A. LaFerrara August 20, 2012
Michael A. LaFerrara reviews Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America, by Mark R. Levin.
How Alan Turing Outsmarted Britain's Home Guard—and For Their Own Good
Daniel Wahl August 8, 2012
There’s a lot to like about The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park. For one example, see “Ian Fleming’s Beautiful Plan to Defeat the Nazis.” For another, consider a story from the book that involves Alan Turing and how he…
Ian Fleming's Beautiful Plan to Defeat the Nazis
Daniel Wahl July 24, 2012
Before writing a series of books on the exploits of British spy James Bond (aka 007), Ian Fleming served in Britain’s navy during World War II. As part of his job as lieutenant-commander in naval Intelligence, Fleming developed various plans to foil the Nazis in their aspirations to take over…
Gutenberg the Geek and "Patron Saint of Silicon Valley"
Daniel Wahl July 10, 2012
Most children, notes Jeff Jarvis at the start of Gutenberg the Geek, learn of Johannes Gutenberg as “the hero who brought them the miracle of the book.” But is this an accurate depiction of the man and his work? In this short, twenty-page Kindle Single, Jarvis provides readers with all…
History, Science & Technology
Extraordinary Courage, Bionic Eyes, and Remarkable Manufacturing: Good News Abounds
Joshua Lipana May 6, 2012
A few items from the benevolent news front: Helen Collins, an “80-year-old woman with no flying experience,” safely landed a plane as it was running out of gas after the pilot died. An airport official said, "She was remarkable on the radio... She kept her composure and sounded like she…