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Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon
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With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse -... show more
With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse - mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy - is assigned to detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Watrehouse and Detatchment 2702-commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe-is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.Fast-forward to the present, where Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is attempting to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia - a place where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged free of repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals attack the endeavor, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails grandaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi sumarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data haven afloat. But soon their scheme brings to light a massive conspiracy with its roots in Detachment 2702 linked to an unbreakable Nazi code called Arethusa. And it will represent the path to unimaginable riches and a future of personal and digital liberty...or to universal totalitarianism reborn.A breathtaking tour de force, and Neal Stephenson's most accomplished and affecting work to date, CRYPTONOMICON is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, as it leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web, hinting all the while at a dark day-after-tomorrow. It is a work of great art, thought, and creative daring; the product of a truly icon
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060512804 (0060512806)
ASIN: 60512806
Publisher: Avon
Pages no: 1139
Edition language: English
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Tolle Lege!.
Tolle Lege!. rated it
3.0 Cryptonomicon
The author explains the math, the context, and the reality of breaking encryption schema and concentrates on the breaking of the Enigma code with its various players and the moving parts of WW II and relates that to a modern plan for finding a secret cache of gold in the Philippines.The author even ...
Cynically Speaking
Cynically Speaking rated it
4.5
So, I've consumed 3,000+ pages of Mr. Stephenson this year [I read 'Quicksilver' in early 2014 otherwise add another K], and there is no doubt the man spin a tale. While I (and most others) call the Baroque Cycle ['Quicksilver', 'The Confusion' and 'The System of the World'] historical novels, 'Cr...
Dantastic Book Reviews
Dantastic Book Reviews rated it
4.0 Cryptonomicon
2015 reread: In World War II, Bobby Shaftoe is a Marine, and Lawrence Waterhouse is a cryptographer. In the present, Randy Waterhouse is part of a tech start-up in the Phillipines. How are the two threads linked, other than by the mysterious Enoch Root?Okay, so this kitten squisher is a lot more com...
denkpass@denkpass.de
denkpass@denkpass.de rated it
4.0 Nachrichten in der Tiefe
Vor kurzem habe ich einen sehr interessanten Artikel ├╝ber Spionage an Tiefsee-Kommunikationskabeln gelesen: Messages in the Deep. Darin geht es um kupferne Kommunikationskabel, von denen ich eigentlich dachte, dass es nur ein paar gibt. Anscheinend gibt es aber 277 Unterseekabel, und 99% der interna...
The Epic Reads Blog
The Epic Reads Blog rated it
4.0
A couple of days I ago I commented on a post here and referenced this book therein. I got to thinking about what I had said, and I've decided Cryptonomicon deserves a review. I generally don't review books I've read way back before I joined this site (in this case it was three or 4 years ago that I ...
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