Cryptonomicon

Paperback, 928 pages

English language

Published May 3, 2000 by Harper Perennial.

ISBN:
9780380788620
OCLC Number:
44428981

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4 stars (10 reviews)

E-book extras: "Stephensonia/Cryptonomica": ONE: "Cryptonomicon Cypher-FAQ" (Neal addresses "Frequently Anticipated Questions" and other fascinating facts); TWO: "Mother Earth Motherboard" (Neal's landmark nonfiction account of, among other techno-feats, the laying of the longest telecommunications cable on earth); THREE: "Press Conference": Neal answers "Why write about crypto?" and other penetrating questions.The smash New York Times bestseller and cult classic is at last a special-features-loaded e-book. Dashing between World War II and the present day, Cryptonomicon is an epic adventure of codemakers and codebreakers; soldiers, hackers, spies, pirates, lovers, prisoners; power, secrets, conspiracies, great escapes -- and a buried fortune in gold."Engrossing … insightful ... fascinating and often hysterical... Cryptonomicon is really three novels in one, featuring healthy portions of World War II adventure, cryptography, and high-tech finance, with treasure hunting thrown in for good measure... But that's only half of it." —USA Today "Hell of a read." —WiredNeal Stephenson (Snow Crash; The …

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Stephenson tells a epic tale of cryptographic intrigue spanning 3 generations and six continents. The book shows how information in war spawned the the modern computer and dominates our economic life today. Though many of us computer and information nerds will have read the book for its insight into technology, the characters woven together in this tapestry are compelling.

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Subjects

  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Cryptography -- Fiction
  • Data encryption (Computer science) -- Fiction