14 thrilling books about cryptography every IT pro will love

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Cryptography may make you think of cypher-cracking supercomputers or WWII bombe diffusers, but the truth is, codebreaking is almost as old as lying itself. Ancient Egyptians carved ciphers into stone to conceal information.

Nowadays, tycoons are just as likely as war strategists to use cryptography, but they may not appreciate just how cool the practice is.

Here are 14 books that'll make a cryptography enthusiast out of just about anybody.