The Codebreakers

The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet

Recommended by Tyler Cowen, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #5 in Cryptography, Ranked #68 in Security

The magnificent, unrivaled history of codes and ciphers—how they're made, how they're broken, and the many and fascinating roles they've played since the dawn of civilization in war, business, diplomacy, and espionage—updated with a new chapter on computer cryptography and the Ultra secret.

Man has created codes to keep secrets and has broken codes to learn those secrets since the time of the Pharaohs. For 4,000 years, fierce battles have been waged between codemakers and codebreakers, and the story of these battles is civilization's secret history, the hidden account of how wars...

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Tyler Cowen Founder/Marginal Revolution UniversityI read this one quite young, and learned that problems are to be solved! I also developed some sense of what a history could look like and what a history should report. I recall my uncle thinking it deeply strange that a boy my age should be reading a book of such length. (Source)

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