Cryptonomicon

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Harper Collins, May 3, 2000 - Fiction - 928 pages
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With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse - mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy - is assigned to detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Watrehouse and Detatchment 2702-commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe-is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.

Fast-forward to the present, where Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is attempting to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia - a place where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged free of repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals attack the endeavor, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails grandaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi sumarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data haven afloat. But soon their scheme brings to light a massive conspiracy with its roots in Detachment 2702 linked to an unbreakable Nazi code called Arethusa. And it will represent the path to unimaginable riches and a future of personal and digital liberty...or to universal totalitarianism reborn.

A breathtaking tour de force, and Neal Stephenson's most accomplished and affecting work to date, CRYPTONOMICON is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, as it leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web, hinting all the while at a dark day-after-tomorrow. It is a work of great art, thought, and creative daring; the product of a truly icon

 

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User Review  - ChrisRiesbeck - LibraryThing

Several interlocking stories, following just a few main characters, set in World War II and somewhere near the present. More all/secret history than SF. Cryptography then (code breaking) and now ... Read full review

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User Review  - kukulaj - LibraryThing

What a total blast! The Japanese in WW2 bury a bunch of gold in the Philippines. Then in the 1990s or so, folks go treasure hunting. Lots of cryptography, sure. I read Kahn's Codebreakers when I was ... Read full review

Contents

HOARD
ROCKET
COURTING
INRI
CALIFORNIA
ORGAN
HOME
BUNDOK

THE SPAWN OF ONAN
BURN
PEDESTRIAN
GUADALCANAL
GALLEON
NIGHTMARE
LONDINIUM
CORREGIDOR
TUBE
MEAT
CYCLES
ALOFT
NONDISCLOSURE
ULTRA
KINAKUTA
QWGHLM HOUSE
ELECTRICAL TILL CORPORATION
CRYPT
LIZARD
THE CASTLE
WHY
RETROGRADE MANEUVER
HUFFDUFF
PAGES
RAM
DILIGENCE
SPEARHEAD
MORPHIUM
SUIT
CRACKER
SULTAN
SKIPPING
MUGS
YAMAMOTO
ANTAEUS
PHREAKING
AFLOAT
SHINOLA
HOSTILITIES
FUNKSPIEL
HEAP
SEEKY
CANNIBALS
WRECK
SANTA MONICA
OUTPOST
METEOR
LAVENDER ROSE
BRISBANE
DÍNITZ
CRUNCH
GIRL
CONSPIRACY
COMPUTER
CARAVAN
THE GENERAL
ORIGIN
GOLGOTHA
SEATTLE
ROCK
THE MOST CIGARETTES
CHRISTMAS 1944
PULSE
BUDDHA
PONTIFEX
GLORY
THE PRIMARY
DELUGE
BUST
THE BATTLE OF MANILA
CAPTIVITY
GLAMOR
WISDOM
FALL
METIS
SLAVES
ARETHUSA
THE BASEMENT
AKIHABARA
PROJECT X
LANDFALL
GOTOSAMA
RIP
RETURN
CRIBS
CAYUSE
BLACK CHAMBER
PASSAGE
LIQUIDITY
ENCRYPTING WITH SOLITAIRE
DECRYPTING WITH SOLITAIRE
GENERATING THE KEYSTREAM LETTERS
KEYING THE DECK
SAMPLE OUTPUT
SECURITY THROUGH OBSCURITY
OPERATIONAL NOTES
SECURITY ANALYSIS
LEARNING MORE
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Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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