Historical and Popular Books
- The Codebreakers, David Kahn, Sribner, 1996.
(Comprehensive history of cryptology.)
- The American Black Chamber, Yardley, Aegean Park Press.
(Yardley was in charge of the American Black chamber which existed from 1917 to
- The Code Book, Simon Singh, Anchor, 2000. (Popular historical
account of cryptology, with a fair amount of technical detail.)
- The Cuckoo's Egg, Cliff Stoll, Pocket Books, 1990. (Real life account of
Stoll tracking down a hacker. Better than James Bond.)
- Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson, Harper, 2000.
(Occasionally long-winded novel, containing accurate technical details.)
- The Man Who Broke Purple, Ronald Clark, Little Brown, 1977. (Biography of
William Friedman, the father of modern American cryptography, and the story of
how he broke Purple.)
- The Puzzle Palace, James Bamford, Viking, 1983. The
early history of the National Security Agency (NSA).
- Decrypted Secrets, Bauer, Springer, 2002 (3rd edition).
(Extremely comprehensive treatment of classical cryptology up to the end of
- Handbook of Applied Cryptography, Menezes, van
Oorschot, Vanstone, CRC 1997. (Comprehensive treatment of modern cryptography).
Applied Cryptography, Schneier, Wiley, 1996. (Very
applied, includes code.)
Simulators and other Tools
Last updated: December 9th, 2003.