On Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present “Enigma and Code Breaking: What Really Happened.” The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
In honor of D-Day, author and historian James Gannon will speak about code breaking and Enigma's impact on World War II. The gripping movie, “The Imitation Game,” brought to light Alan Turing's deciphering machine, Enigma. However, it didn't tell the entire story of the creation of the machine and its contributors.
Mr. Gannon will discuss the details left out in the movie, and the Enigma's effect on three major campaigns including the defeat of the German U-boats in the North Atlantic, the defeat of Romel in North Africa, and the successful landing in Normandy on D-Day. In all of these events, code breaking was central, as were double agents and visual and audio deception.
A graduate of Gonzaga University and American University, James Gannon is a former award-winning producer and writer of documentaries for NBC News and Channel 13. He is the author of “Stealing Secrets, Telling Lies: How spies and code breakers helped shape the Twentieth Century” as well as several other books.
His articles have appeared in The Nation and other publications. In a review of his work Stealing Secrets, Publisher's Weekly stated, “Gannon's basic strength is in depicting the delicate balance of espionage and showing how a nation's fate can hinge on the concealment or discovery of vital information. Overall, this is an entertaining survey that successfully plants the subliminal question: What if?”
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and closed on Sunday for the summer.
For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note."