Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital Age (Google eBook)
If you've ever made a secure purchase with your credit card over the Internet, then you have seen cryptography, or "crypto", in action. From Stephen Levy—the author who made "hackers" a household word—comes this account of a revolution that is already affecting every citizen in the twenty-first century. Crypto tells the inside story of how a group of "crypto rebels"—nerds and visionaries turned freedom fighters—teamed up with corporate interests to beat Big Brother and ensure our privacy on the Internet. Levy's history of one of the most controversial and important topics of the digital age reads like the best futuristic fiction.
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Review: Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital AgeUser Review - JDK1962 - Goodreads
Interesting, but not the page turner that I found Hackers to be. Good history, though. Would have been better with some simple examples (for example, using an 8 or 16-bit split key to illustrate encryption and decryption), just to more firmly cement the basic concepts. Read full review
Review: Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital AgeUser Review - Franklin Colorado - Goodreads
This is nonfiction, but it's an interesting enough story you can read it like a thriller. A few places drag. It's a good background for understanding cryptography. Read full review