My Review of “Code Warriors”

Code Warriors: NSA's Code Breakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet UnionCode Warriors: NSA’s Code Breakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union by Stephen Budiansky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent overall history of the NSA and both its cryptographic and SIGINT sides. Unfortunately details of the successes it had with breaking top-level Russian codes starting in 1979, after a drought of over 30 years, were left out of the book as they are still classified to this day. Other than that, it’s a very enjoyable and illuminating book for anyone interested in the history of the NSA up through the end of the Cold War.

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