Peter Calvocoressi


Calvocoressi, Peter.

1. Threading My Way. London: Duckworth, 1994.

Sisman, Spectator, 7 Jan. 1995, regards this book as "a gruff, old-fashioned memoir of a distinguished, if not outstanding career." Calvocoressi "was admitted to RAF Intelligence on the outbreak of war, joining the Government Codes & Ciphers School.... His description of the work of Bletchley -- not an easy subject to grasp -- is judicious and clear." Surveillant 4.1 says: "Calvocoressi charts a public life of great variety and unflagging interest."

2. Top Secret Ultra. London: Cassell, 1980. New York: Pantheon, 1980. New York: Ballantine, 1981. [pb]

Pforzheimer calls Top Secret Ultra "lean, lucid, and authoritative," while Sexton gives it a "[h]ighly recommended" notation. To Constantinides, the book is "an important additional contribution to the growing literature and knowledge" of Ultra's strategic cryptologic success.


Calvocoressi, Peter, Guy Wint, and John Pritchard. Total War: The Causes and Courses of the Second World War. 2d ed. New York: Pantheon, 1989.

Petersen: The authors "skillfully incorporate new information on intelligence aspects of the conflict, particularly Ultra."


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