Story Of Codebreaking

Story Of Codebreaking

Arcturus Publishing

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The Story of Codebreaking begins with the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt and weaves its way stealthily through history to the present day, where computer code is fundamental to all of our online activities. It is a tale of ordinary people rising to the challenge of extraordinary circumstances and shows how, through a combination of intelligence, grit, hard work and (occasionally) sheer good fortune, codebreakers have often saved lives and sometimes even changed the course of history.

To break a code, you have to put yourself in the mind of your enemy in order to probe the strengths and weaknesses of their systems. It's a game of bluff and doublebluff. The Story of Codebreaking describes undercover operations, power struggles, secret alliances, and brilliant feats of teamwork. Those who invent codes and those who break them are remarkable, indefatigable characters. This is their story.

Topics include:

  • Ancient ciphers and the art of encoding
  • Early spies, subterfuge and skytales
  • The making and breaking of Enigma
  • Japanese naval codes in World War II


Al Cimino studied at University College, London, where he gained a degree in Physics, before turning to writing as a career. He has been a writer and editor for over 25 years, the last 21 freelance. He has written, contributed to and edited more than sixty books, including Fighting Them On The Beaches: D-Day, 6 June 1944 , The Battle of Britain , Vietnam: A War Lost and Won , Stalin , and The Story of the SS.

Pub Date: 2017 
Format: Hardback
Pages: 208 
Size: 6.75 x 9.25 inches


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