The United States government attempted to have the book altered before publication, and it succeeded in part. The Codebreakers is widely regarded as the best account of the history of cryptography up to its publication. William Crowell , the former deputy director of the National Security Agency , was quoted in Newsday magazine: "Before he Kahn came along, the best you could do was buy an explanatory book that usually was too technical and terribly dull. Kahn, then a journalist, was contracted to write a book on cryptology in
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The United States government attempted to have the book altered before publication, and it succeeded in part. The Codebreakers is widely regarded as the best account of the history of cryptography up to its publication. William Crowell , the former deputy director of the National Security Agency , was quoted in Newsday magazine: "Before he Kahn came along, the best you could do was buy an explanatory book that usually was too technical and terribly dull.
Kahn, then a journalist, was contracted to write a book on cryptology in He began writing it part-time, and then he quit his job to work on it full-time. The NSA considered various options, including writing a negative review of Kahn's work to be published in the press to discredit him. A committee of the United States Intelligence Board concluded that the book was "a possibly valuable support to foreign COMSEC authorities" and recommended "further low-key actions as possible, but short of legal action, to discourage Mr.
Kahn or his prospective publishers". The book finishes with a chapter on SETI. Because of the year of its publication, the book did not cover most of the history concerning the breaking of the German Enigma machine , which became public knowledge during the s. Hence, not much was said of Alan Turing. It also did not cover the advent of strong cryptography in the public domain, beginning with the invention of public key cryptography and the specification of the Data Encryption Standard in the mids.
The book was republished in , and this new edition included an additional chapter briefly covering the events since the original publication. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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The New Codebreakers
A brilliant book and highly recommended, not only if you are interested in cryptography and mathematics, but also if you are interested in history and literature. This is a history of cryptography and cryptanalysis, with only a very limited amount of mathematics and technicality. In places some mental effort is still required, but it is certainly worth it. Kahn discusses codes from roughly BC to the date of publication, which was for the original publication. Hence a discussion of most modern cryptography is not included.
It seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. Editors: Ryan , Peter Y. This book contains 35 talks dealing with cryptography as a whole. They are organized in topical section named: history; technology — past, present, future; efficient cryptographic implementations; treachery and perfidy; information security; cryptanalysis; side-channel attacks; randomness embedded system security; public-key cryptography; and models and protocols.
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