Each cryptological advance that was made outside the confines of the NSA's Fort Meade complex was met with increasing legislative and judicial resistance. Levy's storytelling acumen tugs the reader along through mathematical and legal hassles that would stop most narratives in their tracks--his words make even the depressingly silly Clipper chip fiasco vibrant. Hardcore privacy nerds will value Crypto as a review of 30 years of wrangling; those readers with less familiarity with the subject will find it a terrific and well-documented launching pad for further research. From notables like Phil Zimmerman to obscure but important figures like James Ellis, Crypto dishes the dirt on folks who know how to keep a secret. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book held my interest from start to finish, and is an excellent summary of how public key cryptography came into being, as well as a good history of cryptography in the public... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul Leskinen
Very well conveyed story of how the last best hope for liberty was given to mankind.
Also serves as a testimony of how little trust we should have in government and it's... Read more
An interesting piece of the history of computers. Well-written and interestingly told. I liked the epiloguePublished 8 months ago by Reader in Seattle
This book is about "Star Wars" episode IV. But the book didn't realize that the NSA had planned a sequel, Empire Strikes Back! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr Ed
Great review of historical actions that shed light on current events. Looking forward the the sequel. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Some Guy
Very informative (a bit less well-written) on the history of public cryptography in America; and another cautionary tale of how government does its best to stifle commercial and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robert Liss
When I was a college student I read this book (which I still own).
It's not a technical book, but a very exciting (to me at least) non-fictional account of... Read more