By Neal Stephenson
With this remarkable first quantity in what offers to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the key histories of countries and the non-public obsessions of guys, decrypting with superb virtuosity the forces that formed this century. As an further bonus, the booklet version of this New York Times bestseller contains an excerpt from Stephenson's new novel, Seveneves.
In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse—mathematical genius and younger Captain within the U.S. Navy—is assigned to detachment 2702. it truly is an outfit so mystery that just a handful of individuals are aware of it exists, and a few of these humans have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The project of Waterhouse and Detachment 2702—commanded via Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe-is to maintain the Nazis unaware of the truth that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. it's a online game, a cryptographic chess fit among Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into motion by way of the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.
Fast-forward to the current, the place Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is making an attempt to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia—a position the place encrypted info might be kept and exchanged freed from repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals assault the undertaking, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails granddaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the foremost to preserving the dream of a knowledge haven afloat. yet quickly their scheme brings to gentle an incredible conspiracy with its roots in Detachment 2702 associated with an unbreakable Nazi code referred to as Arethusa. and it'll signify the trail to incredible riches and a way forward for own and electronic liberty...or to common totalitarianism reborn.
A breathtaking travel de strength, and Neal Stephenson's such a lot comprehensive and affecting paintings thus far, Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, because it leaps ahead and again among international warfare II and the realm huge internet, hinting the entire whereas at a gloomy day-after-tomorrow. it's a paintings of significant paintings, concept and inventive bold; the made of a really iconoclastic mind's eye operating with white-hot intensity.
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Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson