by Neal Stephenson
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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With this first extraordinary volume in what promises to be a landmark masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks in the secret history of nations and the private obsessions of men, deciphering with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.In 1942, Laurent Pritchard Waterhouse–mathematical engineer and young captain of the US Navy–is assigned to the 2702 detachment.It is therefore a secret dress that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of these people have names such as Churchill and RooseveltWaterhouse’s mission and detachment 2702–commissioned by sailor Raider Bobby Shaftoe-is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied intelligence has split the enemy’s mythical Enigma codeIt is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and its German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forcesFast forward to today, where Waterhouse’s crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is trying to create a “data hawker” in Southeast Asia-a place where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged without repression and control.Because governments and multinationals are attacking the mourn, Randy partners with Shaftoe’s granddaughter of difficult-as-nails, Amy, to secretly save a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data paradise afloat.But soon their regime soon reveals that a massive conspiracy with its roots in detachment 2702 linked to an unbreakable Nazi code called ArethusaAnd it will represent the path to unimaginable wealth and a future of personal and digital freedom.or reborn universal totalitarianismA breathtaking tour de force and Neal Stephenson’s most accomplished and most touching work to date, Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-focused, as he rushes forward and backwards between the Second World War and the World Wide Web, indicators throughout this time to a dark day after tomorrow.It’s a work of great art, the thought
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