Viking, NY, 2001, 356 pgs, Notes, Glossary, Bibliography, Index.
Condition: Very Good or a bit better, hardcover, in Very Good dustjacket & clear dustjacket protector; with black felt-tip remainder mark along bottom of textblock, otherwise pages are clean, binding is tight, flap of jacket unclipped. A nice copy of this.
Categories: 1980's computers and computing, Biography and Company Histories, Computers and Society, Cryptanalysis, Cryptology, Computer Security, General Histories and References, Home Computers, Personal Computers, Human-Computer Interaction
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The first full-scale account of the great Code War that ... lucidly outlines the development of a 'people's' cryptography and its head-on collision with the US government. Crypto is about privacy in the information age and about the nerds and visionaries who, over 20 years ago, predicted that the Internet's greatest virtue -- free access to information -- was also its most perilous drawback -- a possible end to privacy...'(from the flap)
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