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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good account, 1 Mar 2002
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This review is from: Crypto: Secrecy and Privacy in the New Cold War (Penguin Press Science) (Paperback)
This book covers the emergence and rise of strong cryptography starting at the end of the 60's. Although this might sound like a dry subject, Levy's account is humourous, very readable and an accurate account of how stubborn academics, coders and libertarians wrong-footed our governments and revealed or discovered this important technology for the public.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget techno babble - this is a great story, easy to read., 10 May 2002
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This review is from: Crypto: Secrecy and Privacy in the New Cold War (Penguin Press Science) (Paperback)
After Hackers, another Levy book in the form of true 'stories' about exceptional individuals in their relative field, this book doesnt disapoint.
Most people will only have a basic understanding of the history of crypto (if any), but after reading the book I cant say that the history of DES,Clipper, PGP, and public key crypto is a worthy read.
Of course, the twist and best is saved for the epilogue. I cant recommend this book more. Another great achievement, with like 8 years of research to ensure the best possible and true story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want the inside story on the NSA and GCHQ you must read this book!, 8 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Crypto: Secrecy and Privacy in the New Cold War (Penguin Press Science) (Paperback)
A fascinating and incredibly detailed examination of the development of public key encryption by private individuals and their continuing battles with the US Government and the bureaucratic empire that the NSA had become. This account places Edward Snowden as only the latest of many people who have suffered for revealing the lack of clothes these emperors wear. Not difficult to read, written by a journalist rather than a computer geek, this is a splendid account of a struggle that is not over yet.
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