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Code Warriors - Nsa's Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union

Stephen Budiansky

A sweeping, in-depth history of NSA, whose famous "cult of silence" has left the agency shrouded in mystery for decades The National Security Agency was born out of the legendary codebreaking programs of World War II that cracked the famed Enigma machine and other German and Japanese codes, thereby turning the tide of Allied victory. In the postwar years, as the United States developed a new enemy in the Soviet Union, our intelligence community found itself targeting not soldiers on the battlefield, but suspected spies, foreign leaders, and even American citizens. Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, NSA played a vital, often fraught and controversial role in the major events of the Cold War, from the Korean War to the Cuban Missile Crisis to Vietnam and beyond. In Code Warriors, Stephen Budiansky-a longtime expert in cryptology-tells the fascinating story of how NSA came to be, from its roots in World War II through the fall of the Berlin Wall. Along the way, he guides us through the fascinating challenges faced by cryptanalysts, and how they broke some of the most complicated codes of the twentieth century. With access to new documents, Budiansky shows where the agency succeeded and failed during the Cold War, but his account also offers crucial perspective for assessing NSA today in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations. Budiansky shows how NSA's obsession with recording every bit of data and decoding every signal is far from a new development; throughout its history the depth and breadth of the agency's reach has resulted in both remarkable successes and destructive failures. Featuring a series of appendixes that explain the technical details of Soviet codes and how they were broken, this is a rich and riveting history of the underbelly of the Cold War, and an essential and timely read for all who seek to understand the origins of the modern NSA. From the Hardcover edition.

A sweeping, in-depth history of NSA, whose famous "cult of silence" has left the agency shrouded in mystery for decades The National Security Agency was born out of the legendary codebreaking programs of World War II that cracked the famed Enigma machine and other German and Japanese codes, thereby turning the tide of Allied victory. In the postwar years, as the United States developed a new enemy in the Soviet Union, our intelligence community found itself targeting not soldiers on the battlefield, but suspected spies, foreign leaders, and even American citizens. Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, NSA played a vital, often fraught and controversial role in the major events of the Cold War, from the Korean War to the Cuban Missile Crisis to Vietnam and beyond. In Code Warriors, Stephen Budiansky-a longtime expert in cryptology-tells the fascinating story of how NSA came to be, from its roots in World War II through the fall of the Berlin Wall. Along the way, he guides us through the fascinating challenges faced by cryptanalysts, and how they broke some of the most complicated codes of the twentieth century. With access to new documents, Budiansky shows where the agency succeeded and failed during the Cold War, but his account also offers crucial perspective for assessing NSA today in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations. Budiansky shows how NSA's obsession with recording every bit of data and decoding every signal is far from a new development; throughout its history the depth and breadth of the agency's reach has resulted in both remarkable successes and destructive failures. Featuring a series of appendixes that explain the technical details of Soviet codes and how they were broken, this is a rich and riveting history of the underbelly of the Cold War, and an essential and timely read for all who seek to understand the origins of the modern NSA. From the Hardcover edition.
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A sweeping, in-depth history of NSA, whose famous "cult of silence" has left the agency shrouded in mystery for decades The National Security Agency was born out of the legendary codebreaking programs of World War II that cracked the famed Enigma machine and other German and Japanese codes, thereby turning the tide of Allied victory. In the postwar years, as the United States developed a new enemy in the Soviet Union, our intelligence community found itself targeting not soldiers on the battlefield, but suspected spies, foreign leaders, and even American citizens. Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, NSA played a vital, often fraught and controversial role in the major events of the Cold War, from the Korean War to the Cuban Missile Crisis to Vietnam and beyond. In Code Warriors, Stephen Budiansky-a longtime expert in cryptology-tells the fascinating story of how NSA came to be, from its roots in World War II through the fall of the Berlin Wall. Along the way, he guides us through the fascinating challenges faced by cryptanalysts, and how they broke some of the most complicated codes of the twentieth century. With access to new documents, Budiansky shows where the agency succeeded and failed during the Cold War, but his account also offers crucial perspective for assessing NSA today in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations. Budiansky shows how NSA's obsession with recording every bit of data and decoding every signal is far from a new development; throughout its history the depth and breadth of the agency's reach has resulted in both remarkable successes and destructive failures. Featuring a series of appendixes that explain the technical details of Soviet codes and how they were broken, this is a rich and riveting history of the underbelly of the Cold War, and an essential and timely read for all who seek to understand the origins of the modern NSA. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Deakins

Length:

14h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:11


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:43


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:12


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:06


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:53


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:18


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:10


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:48


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:22


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:02


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:30


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:28


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:09


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:58


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:10


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:44


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:41


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:40


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:18


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:53


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:20


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:28


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:33


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:40


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:01


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:17


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:32


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:10


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:20


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:17


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:58


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:44


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:46


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:33


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

09:42


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

09:00


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:07


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:04


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:18


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:50


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:44


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:02


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:55


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

09:15


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:34


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:42


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:00


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

09:36


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:19


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:42


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

09:12


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:17


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:39


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:46


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:11


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:00


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:00


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:43


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:06


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

09:17


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:11


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:20


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:05


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

00:33