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Cryptonomicon Summary
Neal Stephenson

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Cryptonomicon Summary

Plot Summary

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson is a hilarious and informative book about code breaking and cryptology. The novel is concerned with several generations of math geniuses and computer whizzes, who are all tied together through the gold the Axis powers buried in the Philippines near the end of World War II.

There were three students at Princeton before the war, Lawrence Waterhouse, Alan Turing and Rudy von Hacklheber. All were math geniuses. Turing returned to England and von Hacklheber to Germany when they finished their academic work. During the war, von Hacklheber was a top cryptologist for Germany, and Turing and Waterhouse were the top cryptologists for the Allies. Waterhouse was with the supersecret Detachment 2702 to which Bobby Shaftoe was asigned. He was a friend of the Japanese Goto Dengo, who designed a huge vault in the Philippines where gold from various countries was hidden.

Many years later, their...

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