Historical and Popular Books
- The Codebreakers, David Kahn, Sribner, 1996.
(Comprehensive history of cryptology.)
- Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945, Leo Marks, Free
Press, 2000. (Cliffhanger account of Marks code-making work for British spies in
Europe; compelling reading. Check out interview
- The American Black Chamber, Yardley, Aegean Park Press.
(Yardley was in charge of the American Black chamber which existed from 1917 to
1929. There also is a recent biography of Yardley by David Kahn entitled The
Reader of Gentlemen's Mail).
- 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)).
The Shadow Factory,
James Bamford, Random House, 2009. (Bamford continues his story of the NSA
The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception, H Keith Melton,
Robert Wallace (eds), William Morrow, 2009. (A training manual for spies
written by famous magician John Mulholland. The training manual itself is
less interesting than the lengthy introductory essay by the editors.)
Technical Historical Books
- Military Cryptanalytics, Part I and II, Friedman, Callimahos, Aegean Park
Press. (Military training manual for codebreakers. Excellently presented
- Cryptanalysis, Helen Fouche Gaines
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.)
- Machine Cryptography and Modern
Cryptanalysis, Cipher A. Deavours, Louis Kruh.
(field manual, released by the army; many similar books are available at
Aegan Park Press).
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Last updated: March 10th, 2017.