Tuesday, 01 October, 2002
Crypto, by Steven Levy, is the story of the development of public key cryptography and its eventual release to the masses. It's the story of a handful of amateur cryptographers, mathematicians, and others who defied the government's (particularly the NSA's) attempts to keep cryptographic information secret and under tight control, and finally made strong cryptography available to the public. Well written, non-technical, and a delightful read. Recommended.