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5th September 2022 at 10:43 am #69256HarryKeymaster
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.23rd September 2022 at 9:31 am #84099madnessParticipant
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.23rd September 2022 at 9:32 am #84226HarryKeymaster
I will have to check, but possibly during the discussions in The Lacuna Club?27th September 2022 at 9:34 pm #84578cribbageParticipant
“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.28th September 2022 at 12:18 pm #84609person_314Participant
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.28th September 2022 at 12:19 pm #84610HarryKeymaster
Nice suggestions from person_341 and cribbage, thank you! Will get them added to the library.3rd October 2022 at 8:04 pm #85071Maryam23Participant
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 🙂17th October 2022 at 8:57 am #86556madnessParticipant
Yardleygrams10th November 2022 at 10:59 am #87158madnessParticipant
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?10th November 2022 at 10:59 am #87166madnessParticipant
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]10th November 2022 at 11:00 am #87211HarryKeymaster
Just acquired a first edition copy of Yardleygrams, thanks for the suggestion!10th November 2022 at 11:42 am #87212madnessParticipant
Yikes! Congrats. Can you scan it and post a PDF?10th November 2022 at 11:42 am #87214HarryKeymaster
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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