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ISBN13: 9780061792571
ISBN10: 0061792578
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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. It is a work of great art, thought, and creative daring; the product of a truly icon

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More than fifty years after Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse and Sergeant Bobby Shaftoe are assigned to Detachment 2702, a secret cryptographic mission, their grandchildren--Randy and Amy--join forces to create a "data haven" in the South Pacific, only to uncover a massive conspiracy with roots in Detachment 2702. Reprint.

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skeptijim, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by skeptijim)
This is an amazing feat. It's long but it's like more than one book at once so trust me, you'll never be bored. WWII era action along with modern day cypber-hacking and the best poetical description of eating a bowl of Cap'N Crunch in literature. I am jealous of you if you have yet to read it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061792571
Publisher:
Perennial
Subject:
Fiction
Author:
Neal Stephenson
Author:
Stephenson, Neal
Subject:
General
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Data encryption.
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Technological
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Science / High Tech
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Cryptography
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Cryptography.
Subject:
Foreign Languages-German-Belletristik
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-High Tech
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20000503
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
918

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Product details 918 pages HarperCollins - English 9780061792571 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , More than fifty years after Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse and Sergeant Bobby Shaftoe are assigned to Detachment 2702, a secret cryptographic mission, their grandchildren--Randy and Amy--join forces to create a "data haven" in the South Pacific, only to uncover a massive conspiracy with roots in Detachment 2702. Reprint.
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