Top positive review
An engaging and important read, even after nearly 20 years
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2018
I bought this book based on the recommendation of the professor who teaches my cyber security class, and since it is out of print, I took a chance and got a used one. The condition of the book is far better than I anticipated and the seller shipped it super fast.
As for the content, it is interesting and engaging and Mr. Levy has done a great job at conveying the history and importance of cryptography and how it relates to cyber security on a level that is neither overly technical nor dumbed down. While the book was originally published nearly two decades ago, the information is still relevant today. He has written several other books including The Unicorn’s Secret: Murder in the Age of Aquarius, another I very much enjoyed.
Whether or not you are working in the cyber security field, I feel like this is an important book for everyone to read, especially with all the rumblings of Russian hackers, data breeches on credit cards and social media accounts and all the other hacking and phreaking that’s going on right under our noses. Knowledge is power, and it is our best defense against those who seek to hurt us. This book will help you find your ammunition.