Codebreakers. The Story of Secret Writing. By DAVID KAHN. (abridged by the author). A SIGNET BOOK from. NEW AMERICAN LIBRARV. TIMES MIRROR. so the first edition remains valid. I hope that this new edition will prove as useful — and perhaps as pleasurable— to readers as the previous one. DAVID KAHN. Your Money or Your Life! The Tyranny of Global Finance. Translated by Raghu Krishnan with the collaboration of Vicki Br.
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Codebreakers. The Story of Secret Writing. By DAVID KAHN. (abridged by the author). A SIGNET BOOK from. NEW AMERICAN IBRARV. L. TIMES MIRROR. The codebreakers by David Kahn; 8 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Cryptography, History, Cryptographers, Cryptanalysis. THE CODE BREAKERS David Kahn the codebreakers pdf Man has created codes to keep secrets and has broken codes to learn those secrets since the time of.
Words he coined gleam upon more than one page of today's dictionaries. His textbooks have trained thousands. His historical articles have shed light in little-known corners of the study, and the Shakespeare book has done much to quash one major area of a perennial literary nuisance.
The work of private individuals and corporations in developing new machines and new aspects of cryptology in the period between the wars is told in convincing and sometimes intimate detail in the chapter entitled "Secrecy for Sale. Kahn seems to have something of an obsession for his belief that "the armed forces had adopted the rotor principle from Hebern and used it without just compensation in hundreds of thousands of high-security machines in World War II and in the cold war.
Kahn missed, incidentally, an interesting anecdote about the testing of the Hebern machine at the Navy building. There were continuing electrical problems—fuses blowing and solenoids burning out—although other tests which the Director of Naval Communications had suggested be carried out at his home on Kalorama Road gave no such trouble.
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It was finally discovered that the Navy building was still using direct current in , while the Kalorama Road neighborhood was provided with AC power. The cryptography of World War II is delineated in four chapters covering pages. Numerous anecdotes and episodes and some epic stories are interestingly told, many in good perspective. It is clear that Kahn found several ready European sources of information about allied, enemy, and neutral cryptology in the war.
The detail sometimes appears exhaustive. The sources he names are never the top experts, for the most part entirely unknown; and his narratives consequently depend upon surface and low-level detail.
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But the stories are well told. The one great exception to his European coverage is Britain, and the gap shows. Probably British cryptologists, under the constraints of their Official Secrets Acts, are less likely to talk than those from countries with less severe protective laws.
In any case, Kahn has stated that he excised from his text at the request of the Defense Department the material he had on British cryptologic activities.
In narrating events of the Pacific war Kahn sometimes violates his prefatory promise not to credit cryptanalysis unduly, or at least he fails to credit other factors. After telling, dramatically and in detail, the story of the interception and death of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, for example, he concludes, "Cryptanalysis had given America the equivalent of a major victory," thus ignoring his own reminder that "Knowledge alone is not power.
To have any effect it must be linked to physical force. A chapter of 62 pages devoted to the history and structure of the National Security Agency tells of publicized successes and failures in which it has been involved.
Descriptions of scandals and defections, most notably that of Martin and Mitchell, are derived from news accounts and lead to an endorsement for Congressional surveillance of intelligence agencies. This chapter reports on military communications generally, along with those of the Department of State and other parts of the government, including the hot line to Moscow.
Most of the material is based upon news releases, news accounts, and speculation. Kahn seeks to validate the. The book's last section is a collection of heterogeneous addenda that can be taken or left. There is a psychoanalytic treatment of cryptology in which cryptanalvsis is equated with voyeurism and it is implied "that cryptography may come ultimately from the infantile sexual pleasure that Freud says children obtain from the muscle tension of retaining the feces.
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The shortcomings I mentioned above derive from a careless and somewhat cavalier attitude toward factual detail in matters not strictly cryptologic.
One detail is the meaning of the word interview. A number of the people whom the author "interviewed" told me they had no idea their conversations with him were related to the writing or publication of a book. One man assured me that his "interview" consisted of a minute telephone conversation devoted mostly to reasons why Kahn should not try to write about this subject.
As to historical detail: Zacharias is mistakenly treated as a cryptanalvst; the "Manchu laws" requiring the rotation of Army officers to the field are foolishly applied to the Navy; Vladivostok is cited as having a U. As this review was nearing completion I had occasion to talk with Kahn and mentioned some of these errors; he brushed them aside as too minute to be concerned about.
It is more understandable that his lack of experience in any kind of wartime office leads to some gaucheries and misinterpretations of the relationships among offices, functions, people, and intelligence reports; nowhere were organizational arrangements so precise and neat as he describes them.
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Across the Atlantic cryptology was making its way informally into the life of the American colonies. This chapter reports on military communications generally, along with those of the Department of State and other parts of the government, including the hot line to Moscow. The Codebreakers did not cover most of the history concerning the breaking of the German Enigma machine which became public knowledge only in the s.
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