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The magnificent, unrivaled history of codes and ciphershow 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 espionageupdated with a new chapter on computer cryptography and the Ultra secretMan has created codes to keep secrets and has broken codes to learn those secrets since the time of the Pharaohs For , 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 were won and lost, diplomatic intrigues foiled, business secrets stolen, governments ruined, computers hacked From the XYZ Affair to the Dreyfus Affair, from the Gallic War to the Persian Gulf, from Druidic runes and the kaballah to outer space, from the Zimmermann telegram to Enigma to the Manhattan Project, codebreaking has shaped the course of human events to an extent beyond any easy reckoning Once a government monopoly, cryptology today touches everybody It secures the Internet, keeps e mail private, maintains the integrity of cash machine transactions, and scrambles TV signals on unpaid for channels David Kahn s The Codebreakers takes the measure of what codes and codebreaking have meant in human history in a single comprehensive account, astonishing in its scope and enthralling in its execution Hailed upon first publication as a book likely to become the definitive work of its kind, The Codebreakers hasthan lived up to that prediction it remains unsurpassed With a brilliant new chapter that makes use of previously classified documents to bring the book thoroughly up to date, and to explore the myriad ways computer codes and their hackers are changing all of our lives, The Codebreakers is the skeleton key to a thousand thrilling true stories of intrigue, mystery, and adventure It is a masterpiece of the historian s art

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