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Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse - mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy - is assigned to detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Watrehouse and Detatchment 2702 - commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe - is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.

Fast-forward to the present, where Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is attempting to create a data haven in Southeast Asia - a place where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged free of repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals attack the endeavor, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails grandaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data haven afloat.

But soon their scheme brings to light a massive conspiracy, with its roots in Detachment 2702, linked to an unbreakable Nazi code called Arethusa. And it will represent the path to unimaginable riches and a future of personal and digital liberty...or to universal totalitarianism reborn.

A breathtaking tour de force, and Neal Stephenson's most accomplished and affecting work to date, Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, as it leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web, hinting all the while at a dark day-after-tomorrow. It is a work of great art, thought, and creative daring. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Doug | 5/19/2011

    " Long, heavy read, loaded with WWII history and high-level computer science. But wow. What a plot, great characters, just great writing. Hugely rewarding.

    Took me three tries, though. Long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by VincentVega | 5/12/2011

    " I could not get into this book. His books are so long and so boring. My geek friends swear by him but I think it's because they aren't socially educated. Perhaps Neal Stephenson isn't either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ed | 5/10/2011

    " overall good so far though some parts remind me of the deerslayer - good story but overly descriptive at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jean | 5/9/2011

    " one of my favorite books ever - just finished it for the fourth or fifth time. "

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