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Christpher Forrest lives in New York City with his wife and six children. He was a one-time student of mathematics. He has worked every menial job you could imagine, including security, before becoming an EMT. After, he earned his Commercial Driver's License and worked as a trucker. He is a hobbyist cryptologist, redditor, slacker(Slackware Linux) and contributes to SlackBuilds.org(a site for 3rd party Slackware packages.) Occasionally, he'll even play music(country, of course). He is a native of Arkansas.
on Aug. 04, 2012 :
I found this book extremely interesting. I've been interested in cryptography for a while, but this introduced a few new ciphers as well as refreshing my memory of the others. It gives a good explanation of not only how each cipher works, but also the history, pros and cons of each one. This is an ideal introduction for a beginner in this field.
My only criticism is the slightly chatty writing style, but this is easy to get past if you read this book as a transcript of a short lecture rather than a written text.
(reviewed the day of purchase)