|aMysterious messages |ba history of codes and ciphers |cGary Blackwood ; designed and illustrated by Jason Henry.
|aNew York, N.Y. |bDutton Children's Books|cc2009.
|a170 p. |bill. |c21 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical and references and index.
|aClay, wax and Greece -- The rise and fall of Rome -- Ham and Bacon -- A disk, a grille and a tableau -- Babington, beer and Baconian biliteralisim -- Prisons, pigpens and black chambers -- The two revolutions -- Security suffers some severe setbacks -- The blue and the gray (and the green and the brown) -- Agony, dancing men and buried treasure -- The manuscript, the machine and the Mexican message -- Romance, rum and Romaji -- Hounds, magicians and indians -- Bookies, spies and POWs -- Colossus, Lucifer and Kryptos.
|aFrom the ingenious ciphers of Italian princes to the spy books of the Civil War to the advanced techniques of the CIA, codes and code breaking have played important roles throughout history.
History�'s amazing secrets and codes���nd how to crack them yourself. This fascinating look at history�'s most mysterious messages is packed with puzzles to decode and ciphers that kids can use themselves. Here are the encrypted notes of Spartan warriors, the brilliant code-crackers of Elizabeth I, secret messages of the American Revolution, spy books of the Civil War, the famous Enigma Machine, and the Navajo code talkers. As computers change the way we communicate, codes today are more intriguing than ever. From invisible ink to the CIA, this exciting trip through history is a hands-on, interactive experience���so get cracking!