An Historical And Analytical Bibliography of The Literature of Cryptology

Title:                      An Historical And Analytical Bibliography of The Literature of Cryptology

Author:                Joseph Stanislaus Galland

Galland, Joseph Stanislaus (1945, 1970). An Historical And Analytical Bibliography of The Literature of Cryptology. New York: AMS Press

LCCN:    75128996

Z103.A1 G3 1970

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Date Updated:  March 1, 2016

Galland has produced an authoritative and highly technical bibliography of cryptology, intended for the professional. George C. Constantinides [see below] sees this as “[c]learly intended for the cryptologist…. The annotations are technical and descriptive rather than evaluative…. Nontechnical works are in the minority.”

Reviewed by George C. Constantinides[1]

Clearly intended primarily for the cryptologist, this work contains “information concerning the technique and history of cryptography and its varied manifestations in the related fields.” The annotations are technical and descriptive rather than evaluative. In many cases the author lets the titles speak for themselves, feeling that these give “an adequate idea of the contents and even the value of the works.” Nontechnical works that he classifies as “of historical interest” are in the minority and as a rule are given little annotation and no evaluation. Considering that Galland enjoyed the advantage of having many people contributing to his commentaries (including such figures as William Friedman), it is a pity that evaluative comments were not provided for the nontechnical works. Kahn includes this book in The Codebreakers [2]in the category of “more important sources.” Shulman’s An Annotated Bibliography of Cryptography[3] fills the gap of the intervening years.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[4]

A solid work. An adequate substitute may be found in Kahn, David (1967). The Codebreakers: The Story of Secret Writing[5], which in effect represents a sort of classified bibliography on communications intelligence.

[1] Constantinides, George C. (1983). Intelligence and Espionage: An Analytical Bibliography. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, pp. 205-206

[2] Kahn, David (1967). The Codebreakers: The Story of Secret Writing. New York: Macmillan

[3] Shulman, David (1976). An Annotated Bibliography of Cryptography. New York: Garland Publishing Co.

[4] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 5

[5] Ref. 2 above

 

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