Codes and Ciphers: An A to Z of Covert Communication, from the Clay Tablet to the Microdot

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This thoroughly researched, highly readable volume has biographies of famous--and infamous--spies and cryptographers, illustrations of codes and cipher devices with explanations of how they work, and fascinating examples of how covert communications have changed the course of history, from ancient times through World War II and beyond. 50 photos and illustrations; tables and graphs throughout.

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This is a dictionary of people, terminology, events, code systems, and organizations related to cryptography. Easy-to-understand entries, with cross references, traces the development of codes and cyphers and the role they plaed in diplomatic, military, and business history. They also feature explanations of how to encrypt and decipher simple codes. Although international in scope, most of the entries concern the United States. The book features charts and a three-part bibliography of books, articles, and government documents, but having citations for suggested readings at the end of the main entries would have been useful. Suitable for anyone wanting general information on this fascinating field, this source is recommended for general reference collections; public libraries may also want a copy to circulate.
- Daniel K. Blewett, Loyola Univ. Lib., Chicago
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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