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Howard Blum is the author of New York Times bestsellers including Dark Invasion, the Edgar Award–winner American Lightning, as well as Wanted!, The Gold Exodus, Gangland, and The Floor of Heaven. Blum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. While at the New York Times, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He is the father of three children, and lives in Connecticut.

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Russian Code-Breaking and Cryptography During the Cold War – In the Enemy’s House

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This method of code breaking and deciphering may have changed with the onset of the Internet and modern technology, but the approach remains the same.


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