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Cryptanalysis: A Study of Ciphers and Their Solution

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Thorough, systematic introduction to serious cryptography, especially strong in modern forms of cipher solution used by experts. Nihilist, grille, U. S. Army, key-phrase, multiple-alphabet, Gronsfeld, Porta, Beaufort, periodic ciphers, and more. Simple and advanced methods. 166 specimens to solve — with solutions.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 1989 by Dover Publications (first published 1939)
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I've had the misfortune, I now realise, of having to discuss crypto with someone whose only exposure to the field was this book. It's not that it was a bad book in its day—it's clearly well-researched and intelligently written. It's that it was published in 1939. A decade is a lifetime in cryptography; three quarters of a century is more than an eternity.
Obviously the ciphers Gaines treats as serious not-toys haven't been used outside of newspaper puzzle pages since before Hitler annexed Poland,
Jun 11, 2016 Averresen rated it it was ok
If you're interested in 'classical' ciphers and attacking these ciphers, this book is a decent read. It's very thorough and contains some ciphers that have been forgotten by most, but sadly, the writing style and approach have not aged very well.
Mar 19, 2007 javier rated it liked it
a very solid book on cryptanalysis. it's just a little dry the entire time (you must have your own motivation to get through this one) and hard to follow (most of the time).
Sep 29, 2013 David rated it liked it
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A classic on cryptanalysis from the 1930s. Boring though.
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