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Review: Straightforward, easy to understand. I would probably advise reading this before Lanaki's Classical Cryptography Course.
Review: Another readily available resource for people wanting to evaluate the field before committing money to books. Change the file extensions to *.rtf before you open the files, otherwise you won't be able to read the files. The first 12 lessons are available http://www.fortunecity.com/skyscraper/coding/379/lesson1.htm here if you have trouble opening the files.
Review: Concentrates primarily on classical cryptography, but goes all the way to the quantum cryptography theories. Simple enough explanations. Cipher challenge at end of book.
Review: A potpourri of classical crypto methods in an alphabetical list. Very easy to use, and very simple format. Helpful for people at a variety of experience levels.
Review: Surprisingly helpful for such a little book. Assumes the reader is familiar with mathematics. A nice change from the public library collection.
Review: This book is over 1000 pages long, but is an excellent reference book for those wanting to get more serious in the field of crypto. It is a historical guide to the development of "how" cryptology came to be today, and has been updated since it was written because of the development of cryptology in recent years. I would advise a true beginner to do some basic reading before reading this book. This book concentrates more on -classical- cryptography.
Review: This book is over 700 pages long, and, even if you don't know how to program in C or C++, you can still follow the cryptological theory, -if- you have at least read David Kahn's book. College-level mathematics is advised. A large section of code in C is included in the back of the book. This book concentrates more on -modern- cryptography.
Review: This book was published after Bruce Schneier's "Applied Cryptography" book, and concentrates a lot on computer network security. It is a straightforward read, especially if you are already reasonably familiar with computer network security and/or protocols (FTP, TCP/IP, etc.) It isn't a hardcore "numbercrunching crypto" book, but it does address security issues that were not taken into account in his previous book.
Review: Given the ever-changing world of cryptography, updates are necessary. However, after reading "Applied Cryptography", one feels almost surprised to read a book like this. For example, the chapter on the uses (and vulnerabilities) of a clock with cryptographic systems. Easily explained, real life situations, and gives the reader a real life grasp of "Maybe things can easily be a lot more vulnerable than the way they seem in 'Applied Cryptography'."
Review: This is -not- the same as "The Codebreakers" by David Kahn. This book is a collection of memoirs of people involved with Bletchley Park. It does contain some cryptological information, but it is more about history than cryptology.
Review: Lots of good information on the Enigma. Classical and modern crypto. Not the most comprehensive book on cryptology, however.
Review: Lots of examples (to the point of being redundant.) Extremely wordy (680 pgs). I had the feeling I was reading a high school history textbook rather than a reference manual.
http://www.elonka.com/kryptos/RecommendedCryptoReading.html Elonka's recommended reading list Review: A list of recommended cryptology resources by Elonka Dunin.
Review: This book can be read in an evening while watching your favorite sitcoms. If you are genuinely brand new to cryptology, or just want to send a message to your friend in junior high school, this may be helpful. 92 pages long. The last chapter on alien contacts was completely irrelevant, and could have been edited out, in my opinion.
Review: A quick read. A good starter if you can't find Martin Gardner's "Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing" (A different book with a similar title on an easier level).
Codes Ciphers and Other Secrets by Karin N Mango
The Secret Code Book by Helen Huckle
Top Secret (Handbook of codes, ciphers, and secret writing) by Paul B Janeczko
Unsung Heroes of World War II (The Story of The Navajo Code Talkers)
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