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The codebreakers (original 1967; edition 1974)

by David Kahn (Author)

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Title:The codebreakers
Authors:David Kahn (Author)
Info:London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1974.
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Tags:Cryptography, History of Mathematics

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The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet by David Kahn (1967)

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Magisterial history of codes and ciphers. Comprehensive, detailed, and based on research of a depth seldom seen outside of dissertations. Citations from the technical and historical literature in a number of languages, from extremely obscure periodicals, newspapers and journals, and much original archival work impress the reader with the seriousness of this venture. Kahn has a gift for treating complicated technical matters with astonishing clarity without giving the feeling of writing down to a non-professional audience. He is especially strong on military and espionage matters, and in these chapters use a style somewhat indebted to the rhetoric of the thriller, and only occasionally does his prose become clichéd or purple. Although this is ostensively a second edition, he leaves much of the original material unchanged, so that attitudes very rooted in the 1960s will seem strange when couple with the 1996 copyright of this version. The one very weak chapter is on the NSA, which is largely speculative and strongly reflects the level of information available in the 60s. All in all, a magnificent and entertaining achievement. ( )
  sjnorquist | Apr 17, 2014 |
Probably the definitive history on codes, codebreaking, and it's increasingly important role in shaping military history. It's comprehensive scope ranges from the ancient world to the public-key era, with special attention paid to the postal system of Vienna, the triumphs and failures of signal intelligence during the World Wars, and recently-declassified information about the early Cold War. ( )
  CBrachyrhynchos | Feb 4, 2014 |
A great in-depth work on codes and cryptography. ( )
  MsMixte | Nov 26, 2012 |
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  tonynetone | Aug 14, 2011 |
The definitive book on the history of cryptography -- insomuch that the information contained therein is longer classified. ( )
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0684831309, Hardcover)

"Few false ideas have more firmly gripped the minds of so many intelligent men than the one that, if they just tried, they could invent a cipher that no one could break," writes David Kahn in this massive (almost 1,200 pages) volume. Most of The Codebreakers focuses on the 20th century, especially World War II. But its reach is long. Kahn traces cryptology's origins to the advent of writing. It seems that as soon as people learned how to record their thoughts, they tried to figure out ways of keeping them hidden. Kahn covers everything from the theory of ciphering to the search for "messages" from outer space. He concludes with a few thoughts about encryption on the Internet.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:17 -0400)

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 true stories of intrigue, mystery, and adventure.… (more)

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