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Codes, Ciphers and Spies

Tales of Military Intelligence in World War I

Authors: Dooley, John F.

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  • Provides a timely addition to scholarship in the area, at the approach of the 100th anniversary of American participation in WWI
  • Presents many interesting stories on the work of MI-8 on the home front, on the AEF in France, and on the cryptographic work of G2.A6
  • Describes a fascinating set of characters and tales from the history of German spies and sabotage in the US during the war
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About this book

When the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, it was woefully unprepared to wage a modern war. Whereas their European counterparts already had three years of experience in using code and cipher systems in the war, American cryptologists had to help in the building of a military intelligence unit from scratch. This book relates the personal experiences of one such character, providing a uniquely American perspective on the Great War. It is a story of spies, coded letters, plots to blow up ships and munitions plants, secret inks, arms smuggling, treason, and desperate battlefield messages. Yet it all begins with a college English professor and Chaucer scholar named John Mathews Manly.

In 1927, John Manly wrote a series of articles on his service in the Code and Cipher Section (MI-8) of the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Division (MID) during World War I. Published here for the first time, enhanced with references and annotations for additional context, these articles form the basis of an exciting exploration of American military intelligence and counter-espionage in 1917-1918. Illustrating the thoughts of prisoners of war, draftees, German spies, and ordinary Americans with secrets to hide, the messages deciphered by Manly provide a fascinating insight into the state of mind of a nation at war.

About the authors

John F. Dooley is the William and Marilyn Ingersoll Professor of Computer Science at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Before returning to teaching in 2001, he spent more than 15 years in the software industry as a developer, designer, and manager working for companies such as Bell Telephone Laboratories, McDonnell Douglas, IBM, and Motorola. Since 2004 his main research interest has been in the history of American cryptology, particularly during the inter-war period. His previous publications include the Springer titles A Brief History of Cryptology and Cryptographic Algorithms and Software Development and Professional Practice.

Reviews

“There is significant explanation of how codes and ciphers were constructed and solved, how the use of mathematics regulated code breaking, and the process of producing and distributing thousands of code books during the war. This volume will be of great interest to faculty and students in this specialized subject area. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers and faculty.” (D. K. Blewett, Choice, Vol. 54 (3), November, 2016)


Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-16

    Dooley, John F.

  • The Americans Embark

    Pages 19-29

    Dooley, John F.

  • Overview of Cryptology and the Army

    Pages 31-36

    Dooley, John F.

  • The AEF and Colonel Moorman

    Pages 37-45

    Dooley, John F.

  • Cryptology at the Front and at Home

    Pages 47-69

    Dooley, John F.

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eBook 23,79 €
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Softcover 29,11 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-29414-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Codes, Ciphers and Spies
Book Subtitle
Tales of Military Intelligence in World War I
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Copernicus
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-29415-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-29415-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-29414-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 280
Number of Illustrations
33 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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