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andlt;Bandgt;The magnificent, unrivaled history of codes and ciphers — how they're made, how they're broken, and the many and fascinating roles they've played since the dawn of civilization in war, business, diplomacy, and espionage — updated with a new chapter on computer cryptography and the Ultra secret.andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Man has created codes to keep secrets and has broken codes to learn those secrets since the time of the Pharaohs. For 4,000 years, fierce battles have been waged between codemakers and codebreakers, and the story of these battles is civilization's secret history, the hidden account of how wars were won and lost, diplomatic intrigues foiled, business secrets stolen, governments ruined, computers hacked. From the XYZ Affair to the Dreyfus Affair, from the Gallic War to the Persian Gulf, from Druidic runes and the kaballah to outer space, from the Zimmermann telegram to Enigma to the Manhattan Project, codebreaking has shaped the course of human events to an extent beyond any easy reckoning. Once a government monopoly, cryptology today touches everybody. It secures the Internet, keeps e-mail private, maintains the integrity of cash machine transactions, and scrambles TV signals on unpaid-for channels. David Kahn's andlt;Iandgt;The Codebreakersandlt;/Iandgt; takes the measure of what codes and codebreaking have meant in human history in a single comprehensive account, astonishing in its scope and enthralling in its execution. Hailed upon first publication as a book likely to become the definitive work of its kind, andlt;Iandgt;The Codebreakersandlt;/Iandgt; has more than lived up to that prediction: it remains unsurpassed. With a brilliant new chapter that makes use of previously classified documents to bring the book thoroughly up to date, and to explore the myriad ways computer codes and their hackers are changing all of our lives, andlt;Iandgt;The Codebreakersandlt;/Iandgt; is the skeleton key to a thousand thrilling true stories of intrigue, mystery, and adventure. It is a masterpiece of the historian's art.

Review:

"A literary blockbuster...for many evenings of gripping reading, no better choice can be made than this book." The Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"Perhaps the best and most complete account of cryptography yet published." Time

Synopsis:

Traces the history of secret codes since the time of the pharoahs, and discusses the impact of codes and codebreaking on human history.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 985-987) and index.

About the Author

David Kahn,andlt;/Bandgt; a recently visiting historian at the National Security Agency, is the world's leading expert on the history of cryptology, and the author of andlt;Iandgt;Hitler's Spies, Seizing the Enigma,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Kahn on Codes,andlt;/Iandgt; as well as articles in numerous popular and technical journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Modern History from Oxford. An editor at andlt;Iandgt;Newsday,andlt;/Iandgt; he lives in Great Neck, New York.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface to the Revised Edition

Preface

A Few Words

1. One Day of Magic

THE PAGENT OF CRYPTOLOGY

2. The First 3,000 Years

3. The Rise of the West

4. On the Origin of a Species

5. The Era of the Black Chambers

6. The Contribution of the Dilettantes

7. Crises of the Union

8. The Professor, the Soldier, and the Man on Devil's Island

9. Room 40

10. A War of Intercepts: I

11. A War of Intercepts: II

12. Two Americans

13. Secrecy for Sale

14. Duel in the Ether: The Axis

15. Duel in the Ether: Neutrals and Allies

16. Censors, Scramblers, and Spies

17. The Scrutable Orientals

18. Russkaya Kriptologiya ("Russian Cryptology")

19. N.S.A.

SIDESHOWS

20. The Anatomy of Cryptology

21. Heterogeneous Impulses

22. Rumrunners, Businessmen, and Makers of Non-secret Codes

23. Ciphers in the Past Tense

24. The Pathology of Cryptology

PARACRYPTOLOGY

25. Ancestral Voices

26. Messages from Outer Space

THE NEW CRYPTOLOGY

27. Cryptology Goes Public

Bibliography

Notes to Text

Acknowledgments

Notes to Illustrations

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684831305
Author:
Kahn, Daivd
Author:
Kahn, David A.
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Cryptography
Subject:
Cryptography -- History.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Military-Espionage
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
heartbleed; codebreaking; cryptography; codes; cyphers; david kahn; codebreakers; dreyfus affair; hacking; hacker; XYZ affair; cryptoanalysis; enigma; runes; manhattan project; encryption; zimmerman telegram; kahn on codes; hitler s spies; seizing the eni
Subject:
heartbleed; codebreaking; cryptography; codes; cyphers; david kahn; codebreakers; dreyfus affair; hacking; hacker; XYZ affair; cryptoanalysis; enigma; runes; manhattan project; encryption; zimmerman telegram; kahn on codes; hitler s spies; seizing the eni
Subject:
heartbleed; codebreaking; cryptography; codes; cyphers; david kahn; codebreakers; dreyfus affair; hacking; hacker; XYZ affair; cryptoanalysis; enigma; runes; manhattan project; encryption; zimmerman telegram; kahn on codes; hitler s spies; seizing the eni
Edition Number:
Rev. ed..
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
TN-246
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 8-pg inserts
Pages:
1200
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 55.965 oz
Age Level:
heartbleed; codebreaking; cryptography; codes; cyp

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"Review" by , "A literary blockbuster...for many evenings of gripping reading, no better choice can be made than this book."
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"Synopsis" by , Traces the history of secret codes since the time of the pharoahs, and discusses the impact of codes and codebreaking on human history.
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