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  • #69256
    Harry
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    A place to publish recommendations, book reviews and requests for info about books on codebreaking, tradecraft and other topics. We have had recommendations from the Book Brothers and from Anthony Horowitz in the past. Why not add yours here.

    #84099
    madness
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    In Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, when does it first describe how he sent the telegram to Paris?
    I can only find it mentioned at the end, when they reveal the plan.
    Thanks in advance.

    #84226
    Harry
    Keymaster

    I will have to check, but possibly during the discussions in The Lacuna Club?

    #84578
    cribbage
    Participant

    “Puzzles for Spies” is a gentle codebreaking book produced by GCHQ which has only just been published. It’s targeted at a younger audience, compared to their two other puzzle books, and offers a fun introduction to solving puzzles and, more specifically, cracking codes.

    #84609
    person_314
    Participant

    For those of you who are looking for a more mathematical book, An Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography by Hoffstein, Pipher, and Silverman is a wonderful introduction to modern cryptography which is essentially self contained and includes some useful results and methods from Number Theory, Abstract Algebra and Information theory. It’s one of those books where if you have an hour or two to kill you can pull it off the shelf and read a couple of sections. It also has a substantial number of exercises at the end of each chapter which (if I remember correctly) aren’t too hard and by the end aren’t too easy.

    #84610
    Harry
    Keymaster

    Nice suggestions from person_341 and cribbage, thank you! Will get them added to the library.

    #85071
    Maryam23
    Participant

    I read Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz a few weeks ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it! I want to read more of his work, but I’m not sure where to go, beacuse my favourite part of the book was the book within it (lol), I didn’t really care too much for the main character in the real world. If anyone has read Moonflower Murders, could you let me know if there’s more Atticus Pund or not?

    Any other Horowitz (or other author) recommendations are welcome 🙂

    #86556
    madness
    Participant

    Yardleygrams

    #87158
    madness
    Participant

    I bought a copy of David Kahn’s Chasing the Enigma in new condition at the library’s book sale for 15¢. What’s that in metric? 17p?

    #87166
    madness
    Participant

    Sorry, the correct title is “Siezing the Enigma” by David Kahn. No wonder it was so cheap: it had the wrong title on the cover.
    [Think that would make it more expensive! Harry]

    #87211
    Harry
    Keymaster

    Just acquired a first edition copy of Yardleygrams, thanks for the suggestion!

    #87212
    madness
    Participant

    Yikes! Congrats. Can you scan it and post a PDF?

    #87214
    Harry
    Keymaster

    It is a nice idea, but a) I would need to check local and global copyright rules and b) I am nervous about cracking the spine. Will think about this.

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