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The Reader of Gentlemen's Mail: Herbert O. Yardley and the Birth of American Codebreaking

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0ne of the most colorful and controversial figures in American intelligence, Herbert 0.Yardley (1889-1958) gave America its best form of information, but his fame rests more on his indiscretions than on his achievements. In this highly readable biography, a premier historian of military intelligence tells Yardley's story and evaluates his impact on the American intelligence community. Yardley established the nation's first celebrating agency in 1917, and his solutions helped the United States win a major diplomatic victory at the 1921 disarmament conference. But when his unit was closed in 1929 because "gentlemen do not read each other's mail," Yardley wrote a best-selling memoir that introduced--and disclosed--codemaking and codebreaking to the public. David Kahn describes the vicissitudes of Yardley's career, including his work in China and Canada, offers a capsule history of American intelligence up to World War I, and gives a short course in classical codes and ciphers. He debunks the accusations that the publication of Yardley's book caused Japan to change its codes and ciphers and that Yardley traitorously sold his solutions to Japan. And he asserts that Yardley's disclosures not only did not hurt but actually helped American code breaking during World War II.

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One of the most colorful and controversial figures in American intelligence, Herbert O. Yardley (1889-1958) gave America its best form of information, but his fame rests more on his indiscretions than on his achievements. In this highly readable biography, a premier historian of military intelligence tells Yardley's story and evaluates his impact on the American intelligence community.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300098464
Author:
Kahn, David
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven, CT
Subject:
Military
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Cryptography
Subject:
Cryptographers.
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918 -- Cryptography.
Subject:
Yardley, Herbert O
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
GTR-550
Publication Date:
20110428
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
80 b/w illus.
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.51 lb

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"Synopsis" by , One of the most colorful and controversial figures in American intelligence, Herbert O. Yardley (1889-1958) gave America its best form of information, but his fame rests more on his indiscretions than on his achievements. In this highly readable biography, a premier historian of military intelligence tells Yardley's story and evaluates his impact on the American intelligence community.
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