Codes, Ciphers & Other Cryptic & Clandestine Communication: Making and Breaking Secret Messages from Hieroglyphs to the Internet

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Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1998 - Reference - 704 pages
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Spies, secret societies, religious cults as well as anyone who has used an ATM or the internet rely on the making and breaking of codes for security.

  • Like a spy novel combined with the technology of a Tom Clancy thriller, Codes, Ciphers and Other Clandestine Communication successfully interweaves technical explanations of each important coding method with their place in the shadowy world of secret communications.

  • Special chapters teach some easy and fun ciphers that readers can make and use at home.

  • Hundreds of illustrated examples take the reader step-by-step through the foundations of cipher making from Caesar's cipher to World War I's ADFGX and beyond. Detailed diagrams and line drawings of each coding machine will delight technology buffs and war-machine aficionados.

  • Packed with historical anecdotes about cryptography's most famous pioneers and practitioners, this book covers the development of codes through the ages from the druids, Marie Antoinette, Aaron Burr, Confederate spies in the Civil War to the Freemasons, German U-Boat Wolf Packs, the KGB, and much more.
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    User Review  - rattatner - LibraryThing

    This book covers a great variety of secret messages, how they were used, biographies of the people who used and/or created them, and a quiz section. Very thorough for all that it endeavors to cover in one book. Read full review

    Review: Codes, Ciphers and Other Cryptic and Clandestine Communication: Making & Breaking Secret Messages from Hieroglyphs to the Internet

    User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

    The section on codes had little interest for me but ciphers and steganography were great. The amazing ciphers used throughout history blew my mind. It was fun to try to keep up with some of them. Eventually I gave up for the DES or RSA and the 64-bit computer ones. Read full review

    About the author (1998)

    Fred B. Wrixon is an expert in codes, military history and espionage. He has written three books including Codes, Ciphers and Secret Languages, Codes and Ciphers and 2440 Questions and Answers. He often spends his free time exchanging code deciphering puzzles with friends. He lives in the Ohio River Valley.

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