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User Review  - cargocontainer - LibraryThing

I read this book several years back, and found it a fascinating history of cryptography, particularly in the modern age. I read it shortly after reading Cryptonomicon for the first time. If you find ... Read full review

CRYPTO: When the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital Age

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A dramatically rendered if dense account of the post-hippie outsider intellectuals who cracked the National Security Agency's monopoly on cryptography and ushered in much that dot-com America today ... Read full review

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User Review  - kevinashley - LibraryThing

A an easy and illuminating read about the modern history of cryptography, or more specifically the tale of public key systems. The style is as one might expect of a journalist (highly readable but ... Read full review

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User Review  - jaygheiser - LibraryThing

Levy is one of my favorite essayists. He finds a compelling story, researches it exhaustively, and then shares his excitement. The history of Internet cryptography is a perfect subject for Levy, who delights in recounting stories about technoradicals w Read full review

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User Review  - calvin_xa - LibraryThing

I wish i'd read this book when i was in high school. Why? because it shows that math can be interesting, fun, and even revolutionary. This book is a brilliant insight into the mathematics ... Read full review

Crypto: how the code rebels beat the government, saving privacy in the digital age

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Levy, chief technology writer for Newsweek, provides an intriguing look at the recent revolution in cryptography in the digital ageDthe process of providing secure communications, such as e-mail ... Read full review

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Covers the recent history of cryptography mostly from the 1950s onwards, concentrating on how the amateurs and personal computers changed the field. Levy tells mini biographies of those that have recently contributed to the field. He also does a good job describing how the recent discovery of a 'public key' changed cryptography and how it works. It's nice to know where some of our current software and recent technological advances come from, like PGP, and why they were written/invented.  

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