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.
An interesting piece of the history of computers. Well-written and interestingly told. I liked the epiloguePublished 5 days ago by Fred Matthews
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 4 months ago by Mr Ed
Great review of historical actions that shed light on current events. Looking forward the the sequel. Read morePublished 5 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 6 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
I'll save the complete review for goodreads, but as someone who is semi-interested in cryptography this is a fun read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J Larsen
This is a great read. This author always offers a complete and intriguing background on his topics. This book makes it easy to learn the history and requirements behind on line... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Edward H. Bell