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With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse — mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy — is assigned to detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Watrehouse and Detatchment 2702 — commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe — is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.

Fast-forward to the present, where Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is attempting to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia — a place where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged free of repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals attack the endeavor, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails grandaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi sumarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data haven afloat. But soon their scheme brings to light a massive conspiracy with its roots in Detachment 2702 linked to an unbreakable Nazi code called Arethusa. And it will represent the path to unimaginable riches and a future of personal and digital liberty...or to universal totalitarianism reborn.

A breathtaking tour de force, and Neal Stephenson's most accomplished and affecting work to date, Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, as it leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web, hinting all the while at a dark day-after-tomorrow.

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"A powerfully imagined story revolving around a vast conspiracy affecting history and different generations in one family who attempt to unravel its secrets." Seattle Post Intelligencer

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"Suspenseful...moves along as such a fantastic clip." Wall Street Journal

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"There is a scope here, a wildness, that you rarely find in fiction today. Buckle up." Minneapolis Star Tribune

About the Author

Neal Town Stephenson is the author of Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, and Zodiac. Born on Halloween 1959 in Fort Meade, Maryland — home of the National Security Agency — he grew up in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and Ames, Iowa, before attending college in Boston. Since 1984 he has lived mostly in the Pacific Northwest and has made a living out of writing novels and the occasional magazine article.

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Daniel Brady, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by Daniel Brady)
Long, complicated, and thoroughly enjoyable test of ones literary commitment.
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Ambrosia4All, February 21, 2010 (view all comments by Ambrosia4All)
Delightfully complex, full of quirky characters, and Stephenson's trademark wit is packed in this novel of World War II, high-tech finance, and treasure hunting. It seems so long when you start, but it moves so fast that before you know it you're at the end and can't believe it's over.

Stephenson's thoughts on the human psyche, technology, religion, government and more are interwoven with two timelines - one in modern(ish) times and the other during WWII. Long passages of cryptology and mathematics are well-explained, so this book should be accessible to the ignorant reader as well as the math whizzes.

So delightful to read, I've already recommended it to everyone I know!
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tbob, January 5, 2010 (view all comments by tbob)
Wonderfully complex and engrossing plot line. Computers, treasure, pirates,Nazis,romance, war,international finance, villains and geeks; what more could you want?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060512804
Author:
Stephenson, Neal
Publisher:
Avon Books
Author:
by Neal Stephenson
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
Cryptography
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Data encryption.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Science / High Tech
Subject:
Gold
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series Volume:
no. 788
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
1168
Dimensions:
6.76x4.30x1.95 in. 1.19 lbs.

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