Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers: A History of Codes and Ciphers

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Penguin, Oct 29, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
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History?s amazing secrets and codes?and how to crack them yourself.

This fascinating look at history?s most mysterious messages is packed with puzzles to decode and ciphers that kids can use themselves. Here are the encrypted notes of Spartan warriors, the brilliant code-crackers of Elizabeth I, secret messages of the American Revolution, spy books of the Civil War, the famous Enigma Machine, and the Navajo code talkers. As computers change the way we communicate, codes today are more intriguing than ever.

From invisible ink to the CIA, this exciting trip through history is a hands-on, interactive experience? so get cracking!


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User Review  - magen.rauscher - LibraryThing

This informational book informed the reader of the role code making has had on the course of human history. The way that the text was written was as if it had been hand written. This allowed the ... Read full review

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This book was really interesting. It covers the history of codes and ciphers from Ancient Greece, to modern day. The pages resemble notebook pages, with quotes written sideways, sidebars with ways to ... Read full review


CHAPTER THREE og Ham and Bacon
CHAPTER FIVE Babington Beer and Baconian Biliteralism
CHAPTER SEVEN The Two Revolutions 1775 CE1830
CHAPTER EIGHT Security Suffers Some Severe Setbacks
CHAPTER NINE The Blue and the ray and the Green and the Brown
CHAPTER TWELVE Romance Rum and Romaji
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Hounds Magicians and Indians 1939 CE1945
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Bookies Spies and POWs 1945 CE1974 CE

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Gary L. Blackwood sold his first story when he was nineteen, and has been writing and publishing stories, articles, plays, novels, and nonfiction books regularly ever since. His stage plays have won awards and been produced in university and regional theatre. Nonfiction subjects he's covered include biography, history, and paranormal phenomena. His juvenile novels, which include WILD TIMOTHY, THE DYING SUN, and THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER, are set in a wide range of times and places, from Elizabethan England to a parallel universe. Several have received special recognition and been translated into other languages. He and his wife and kids live outside Carthage, MO.

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