Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers by Gary L. BlackwoodHistory?s amazing secrets and codes?and how to crack them yourself. This fascinating look at history?s most mysterious messages is packed with puzzles to decode and ciphers that kids can use themselves. Here are the encrypted notes of Spartan warriors, the brilliant code-crackers of Elizabeth I, secret messages of the American Revolution, spy books of the Civil War, the famous Enigma Machine, and the Navajo code talkers. As computers change the way we communicate, codes today are more intriguing than ever.
From invisible ink to the CIA, this exciting trip through history is a hands-on, interactive experience? so get cracking!
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Dutton, [p]. The book proceeds chronologically, starting with the Greeks and moving through history to the present day, and it gives sufficient explanation for emulation of the basic codes and ciphers along the way, so that kids can follow the instructions and whip up their own scytales and cipher disks for home cryptography. Though the concepts are often fairly sophisticated, Blackwood's style is chummy, and the history itself is energetic and even gossipy at times Founding Father John Adams threw a minor written hissy fit about his inability to make a cipher work , with thumbnail accounts of derring-do and definite derring-don'ts in the annals of secret messages. There's also a clear sense of the constant competitive evolution of code-making and code-breaking and an exploration of the kind of coding that's required for privacy protection in the era of [End Page ] the Internet; a few famous still-unbroken examples of cryptography are included to give readers something to shoot for. Layout is busy and friendly, with faux-wrinkled pages, diagrams, reproduced photographs, and sidebars filled with information breaking up the spreads, while running footers for chapter titles appear playfully in simple substitution cipher. End matter includes endnotes, a glossary, a bibliography and list of material for further reading, and an index.