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The Codebreakers: The Story of Secret Writing
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Scribner
Publication date December 1, 1996
Pages 1181
Binding Hardcover
Edition Rev sub
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780684831305
ISBN-10 0684831309
Dimensions 2.25 by 7 by 10 in.
Weight 3.50 lbs.
Original list price $75.00
Summaries and Reviews
An updated and revised history of codes offers new information on techniques used to break machine and computer ciphers, as well as the speculation of scientists on how messages from outer space might be solved and a study of the use of codes during the Vietnam War. (view table of contents) description: Product Description: 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.

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 The Codebreakers 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, The Codebreakers 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, The Codebreakers is the skeleton key to a thousand thrilling true stories of intrigue, mystery, and adventure. It is a masterpiece of the historian's art.

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Rev sub edition from Scribner (December 1, 1996)
9780684831305 | details & prices | 1181 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 2.25 in. | 3.50 lbs | List price $75.00
About: Traces the history of secret codes since the time of the pharoahs, and discusses the impact of codes and codebreaking on human history
With William Kloss | Reissue edition from Macmillan Pub Co 6.75 × 9.75 × 2.50 in. | 4.35 lbs | List price $60.00
This edition also contains Samuel F.B. Morse
About: A complete, factual account of cryptology including famous personalities, the techniques and the history of this science

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