Bletchley Park

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

Since acquiring a Kindle, I have started buying and reading books, big time. Being a World War II buff, I am continually looking to fill in my understanding of how the U.S. and our allies conquered half the world in just 4-1/2 years. More to the point, why has the U.S.—for more than a decade—spent billions of dollars with thousands of soldiers getting shot up in two third-rate Middle East countries?

From 1920 to 1933, Henry L. Stimson was secretary of state in the Hoover administration. In 1929, he closed down the State’s cryptanalytic office and his quote about gentlemen not reading each other’s mail became famous. Fortunately he changed his mind when he headed the War Department under Franklin D. Roosevelt. Had the United States not broken the Japanese code in the early years of World War II, tens of thousands of American lives would have been lost. The same is true for the Brits intercepting German radio traffic with the now-famous Enigma machines at Bletchley Park. Down deep inside, I agree with Stimson; snooping

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