- Handbook of Applied
Cryptography, Menezes, van Oorschot, Vanstone, CRC 1997. (Comprehensive
treatment of modern cryptography).
Applied Cryptography, Schneier, Wiley, 1996. (Very
applied, includes code.)
Decrypted Secrets, Bauer, Springer, 2002 (3rd edition).
(Extremely comprehensive treatment of classical cryptology up to the end of
- Modern Cryptography. Theory & Practice, Wenbo Mao, Prentice-Hall, 2004.
(Excellent text on cryptography, solid mathematical
(field manual, released by the army; many similar books are available at
Aegan Park Press).
Ross Anderson, Wiley, 2008 (2nd edition). (Standard text on the subject.
Partially available online.)
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
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