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FUN AND READABLE BUT A LITTLE ANNOYING
on February 15, 2001
So OK, I'm one of those people that has to read the book all the way through. I can't stop reading something once I've started because then it would be like some kind of defeat or something. And with this book I had gotten into a big discussion with my brother about whether I would really read it or if I was just clicking away on Amazon at things that I might like but wasn't really, really interested in. So I had something to prove. The upshot is that I wanted to stop reading this book but I couldn't, so it started to annoy me. I liked the subject a lot and I think the author's style was very accessible, his writing was "readable", as they say. What annoyed me unfortunately was his enthusiasm. At times he would strive to point out what geniuses these guys were and how their contribution changed the course of history and how cryptography is this great unheralded scientific and cultural discipline. Alright already, I get it. It's all so amazing. Got it. I can see that the men and women that made great strides in cryptography had minds that worked in "special" ways. I enjoyed hearing the stories. It just got old in the end and the world of cryptography started to seem less like spies and covert-Op's and more like a Trekkie convention.