Bletchley People: Churchill's Geese that Never Cackled

I'm not going to sugarcoat it - I was disappointed. I've had Marion Hill's Bletchley People  on my list since I first realized that many of the people who worked at Bletchley Park in WWII were women. So close to two years. It was part of my pre-Christmas book splurge (let's just say I don't have any empty space on my bookshelves anymore...). I was reaaalllllllllllyyyyy looking foward to it.

And I was just simply disappointed.

From the product description on Amazon.ca:  "Marion Hill has interviewed some of the hundreds of people who worked at Station X to give a fascinating insight into the daily lives of the civilian and service personnel who contributed to the breaking of the Enigma and other Axis codes."

Fascinating??? Not so much. Sure there were lots of quotations from people on their experiences there. But generally speaking people's names were not cited along with them. There were lots of endnotes - LOTS of endnotes - but to be honest I didn't feel like flipping to the back of the book every couple of paragraphs. So the geese remained faceless and nameless to me. And I'll be honest - it bugged me. It bugged me because I wanted to learn about them and to borrow a WWII term, I felt like I was being appeased. Bah Humbug.

It bugged me because here was a book about Bletchley and I felt like I learned more about Bletchley and the people who worked there reading Anne de Courcy's Debs at War (my post about it is here).  Or even Charlotte Bingham's fictionalized WWII version of Bletchley Park - Eden Park - in Daughters of Eden.

Maybe if I hadn't know anything about Bletchley Park at all it would have been more interesting.  Sigh.