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The American Black Chamber

By Yardley, Herbert O




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The American Black Chamber

Yardley, Herbert O.

Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1931. First Edition. fair to good. 375, illus., boards somewhat scuffed, spine worn and small pieces missing at top edge, slight darkening to text. The author was the founder and head of the Cipher Bureau, in which cryptanalysts broke Japanese diplomatic codes. Stated "First Edition" of this significant book.

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AMERICAN BLACK CHAMBER

Herbert O. Yardley

1981-08-09. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The American Black Chamber

Yardley, Herbert O.

1931. The Bobbs-Merrill Company. 375pp. 1st Ed. Black boards with gold lettering on spine. Deckled edges. Red top stain. Spine faded. Price, in pencil, on half-title page. Looks like a bookplate was once on the front paste down. It has been removed, but remnants remain. FEP looks as if it has been removed. (See pictures). Scarce title. Book is in good condition. NOT EX-LIBRARY. No DJ. SEE PHOTOS for condition of book you will receive. ALL PHOTOS taken by Hideaway Books at time of listing. Condition based on age of book. Extra shipping costs may apply to heavy, over-sized, and volumes of books. All books sent from Sacramento.

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American Black Chamber

Herbert O. Yardley

1999-09-06. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The American Black Chamber

Yardley, Herbert O.

Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1931. Hardcover. fair to good condition. 375, [9] pages. Illustrations. Boards weak and restrengthened with glue. Cover has some wear and soiling. Slightly cocked. Pencil name inside front cover. Heavily annotated from an article by David Kahn using notes from William Friedman., Herbert Osborn Yardley (April 13, 1889 - August 7, 1958) was an American cryptologist. He founded and led the cryptographic organization the Black Chamber. Under Yardley, the cryptanalysts of The American Black Chamber broke Japanese diplomatic codes and were able to furnish American negotiators with significant information during the Washington Naval Conference of 1921-1922. Recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal. He wrote The American Black Chamber about his experiences there. He later helped the Nationalists in China (1938-1940) to break Japanese codes. After his work in China, Yardley worked for the Canadian government, helping it set up a cryptological section (Examination Unit) of the National Research Council of Canada from June to December 1941. Yardley was let go due to pressure from Washington. Notations are fascinating. For example there is a statement that there were 5000 decipherments and a marginal note of 1600 solutions. The author was the founder and head of the Cipher Bureau, in which cryptanalysts broke Japanese diplomatic codes. His career in cryptology began with his work in the code room, as he broke the U.S. government codes that crossed his desk. The weakness of American codes worried Yardley, especially considering the war in Europe, so in May 1916 he began writing a hundred-page "Solution of American Diplomatic Codes", which he gave to his boss. American participation in the war gave Yardley an opportunity to convince Major Ralph Van Deman of the need to set up a section to break other countries' codes. In June 1917, Yardley became a 2nd lieutenant in the Signal Corps and head of the newly created eighth section of military intelligence, MI-8. Yardley proved to be a very good administrator and during the war the people of MI-8 performed well. After the war, the American Army and the State department decided to jointly fund MI-8 and Yardley continued as head of the "Cipher Bureau". After almost a year, Yardley and his staff finally managed to break the Japanese codes and were still reading Japanese diplomatic traffic when Washington hosted the Washington Naval Conference in 1921. The information the Cipher Bureau provided the American delegation regarding the Japanese government's absolute minimum acceptable battleship requirements was instrumental in getting the Japanese side to agree to a 5:3 ratio instead of the 10:7 ratio the Japanese Navy really wanted. This allowed Japan only 18 battleships to 30 for the U.S. and 30 for Great Britain instead of the 21 battleships Japan desired. This was the height of Yardley's cryptanalytic career. It was moral indignation that finally doomed the bureau. When Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of State under President Herbert Hoover, found out about Yardley and the Cipher Bureau, he was furious and withdrew funding, summing up his argument with "Gentlemen do not read each other's mail". With Yardley's esoteric skills in very low demand, he took up writing about his experiences in codebreaking to support his family. His memoirs, The American Black Chamber, were published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1931. The book outlined the history of the first U.S. Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) organization, described the activities of MI-8 during World War I and the American Black Chamber in the 1920s, and illustrated the basic principles of signals security. This work was instantly popular. Its critics at the time concluded that it was "the most sensational contribution to the secret history of the war, as well as the immediate post-war period, which has yet been written by an American. Its deliberate indiscretions exceed any to be found in the recent memoirs of European secret agents." In the U.S., 17,931 copies were sold, with 5,480 more sold in the U.K. It was translated into French, Swedish, Japanese, and Chinese. This book was an embarrassment to the U.S. government and compromised some of the sources Yardley and his associates used. Through this work an estimated 19 nations were alerted that their codes were broken. Much of the post-World War I codebreaking was done by obtaining copies of enciphered telegrams sent over Western Union by foreign diplomats, as was the custom before countries had technology for specialized communications devices. William F. Friedman, considered the father of modern American signals intelligence (SIGINT) gathering, was incensed by the book and the publicity it generated in part because sources and methods were compromised. The U.S. Government considered prosecuting him, but he had not technically violated existing law regarding protection of government records. In 1933, the Espionage Act was amended, PL 37 (USC Title 18, section 952), to prohibit the disclosure of foreign code or anything sent in code. The American Black Chamber represents an early example of the exposé national security books that would appear after World War II, such as The Codebreakers and The Puzzle Palace, which also focus on U.S. SIGINT operations and organizations.

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Herbert O. Yardley

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American Black Chamber

Herbert O. Yardley

1999-09-06. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The American Black Chamber

Yardley, Herbert O.

Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1931. Hardcover. fair to good condition. 375 pages, illustrations, spine discolored and small tears to top and bottom edges of spine, boards somewhat scuffed, errata note The author was the founder and head of the Cipher Bureau, in which cryptanalysts broke Japanese diplomatic codes.

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The American Black Chamber

Herbert O Yardley

2016-12-07. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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AMERICAN BLACK CHAMBER

Herbert O. Yardley

1981-08-09. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The American Black Chamber (Bluejacket Books)

Herbert O. Yardley

Naval Institute Press, 2013-01-15. First Printing. Paperback. Used:Good.

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The American Black Chamber (Cryptographic Series)

Herbert O. Yardley

Aegean Park Pr, 1989. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. No dust jacket. Please note the Image in this listing is a stock photo and may not match the covers of the actual item,1350grams, ISBN:0894121545

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American Black Chamber

Herbert O. Yardley

Amereon Ltd. Hardcover. Good.

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The American Black Chamber (Bluejacket Books)

Herbert O. Yardley

2013-01-04. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The American Black Chamber

Yardley, Herbert O.

London: Faber and Faber Ltd, 1931. First UK Edition. Hardcover. Octavo; VG- Hardcover; Pale green spine with black text; Boards have minor marks and slight bumping to the corners and spine slightly discolored but boards are sturdy; Front paste down has a book plate, edges have minor marks and pages are moderately age-toned otherwise text bock is clean, 266p. FP New Rockville Stock.

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The American Black Chamber (Cryptographic Series)

Yardley, Herbert O.

Aegean Park Pr, 1989. Hardcover. Used; Acceptable. No dust jacket. Fast Dispatch. Expedited UK Delivery Available. Excellent Customer Service. Bookbarn International Inventory #2237044

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American Black Chamber

Yardley, Herbert O.

Amereon Ltd. Hardcover. 0848812301 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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American Black Chamber

Herbert O. Yardley

Amereon Ltd, 1996-01-01. Reprint. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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The American Black Chamber [Limited to 100 copies]

Yardley, Herbert O.

Amereon House NOT a library discard. Very Good condition. One sentence on one page is highlighted in yellow. All other pages are clean and unmarked. Previous owner's blindstamp. No year of publication indicated (but 1990s?). Reprint of the 1931 original. Limited to only 100 copies. Illustrated with 12 inserted plates, plus figures (code and cipher diagrams) in the text. Bound in the original black cloth, stamped in bright gold on the spine and front cover. From the NSA Hall of Honor website: "Born in 1889 in Indiana, Herbert O. Yardley began his career as a code clerk in the State Department. He accepted a Signal Corps Reserve commission and served as a cryptologic officer with the American Expeditionary Forces in France during WWI. In the 1920s he was chief of MI-8, the first U.S. peacetime cryptanalytic organization, jointly funded by the U.S. Army and the Department of State. In that capacity, he and a team of cryptanalysts exploited nearly two dozen foreign diplomatic cipher systems. MI-8 was disbanded in 1929 when the State Department withdrew its share of the funding. Out of work, Yardley caused a sensation in 1931 with the publication of his memoirs of MI-8, THE AMERICAN BLACK CHAMBER. In this book, Yardley revealed the extent of U.S. cryptanalytic work in the 1920s. Surprisingly, the wording of the espionage laws at that time did not permit prosecution of Yardley. (This situation was changed two years later with a new law imposing stiff penalties for unauthorized revelations of cryptologic secrets.) Yardley did some cryptologic work for Canada and China during World War II, but he was never again given a position of trust in the U.S. government. On August 7, 1958, Herbert O. Yardley, one of the pioneers of modern American cryptology passed away.". Reprint of 1931 original, Limited to 100. Hardcover. Very Good condition/No jacket, probably as issued. Illus. by NOT a library discard. 8vo. xviii, 250pp. + 12 plates. Great Packaging, Fast Shipping.

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The American Black Chamber

Yardley, Herbert O

London: Faber and Faber, 1931. has inscrip to flyleaf, f-fep missing, some light foxing to closed edges, general rubbing and chipping to cover associated with shelf wear, pp good. Cloth Board. Good/No Jacket. 8vo.

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The American Black Chamber

Herbert O. Yardley

Bobbs Merrill. Used - Good. Good condition. No Dust Jacket

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American Black Chamber

Herbert O. Yardley

Amereon Ltd. Used - Very Good. Very Good condition.

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The American Black Chamber

Yardley, Herbert O

Ishi Press. PAPERBACK. 4871876381 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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The American Black Chamber (Cryptographic Series)

Herbert O. Yardley

Aegean Park Pr, 1989-11. Hardcover. Good.

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The American Black Chamber (Bluejacket Books)

Herbert O. Yardley

US Naval Institute Press, 2004-09. Paperback. Good.

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The American Black Chamber (Cryptographic Series)

Yardley, Herbert O

Aegean Park Pr, 1989-11-01. No additional printings listed. Trade paperback. near fine /no jacket. NOT an ex library book. Clean interior pages.

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The American Black Chamber

Yardley, Herbert O.

New York: Ballantine Books, 1981. 1st Ballantine Edition. fair to good. Pocket paperbk, 250, wraps, illus., some wear to cover edges, slight darkening to text.

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The American Black Chamber (Cryptographic Series)

Herbert O. Yardley

Aegean Park Press, 1989-11. Paperback. Good.

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The American Black Chamber (Cryptographic Series)

Yardley, Herbert O.

Aegean Park Pr. Hardcover. 0894121553 Hardcover ex-library with typical marks and moderate shelf wear. Text appears unmarked. No dust jacket. Ships FAST! . Good.

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AMERICAN BLACK CHAMBER

Herbert O. Yardley

U.S.A.: Ballantine Books, 1981. Book. Good. Soft cover. mass market paperback, well worn reading copy, spine creases, edge wear, shelf rubbing, age tanning to pages.

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AMERICAN BLACK CHAMBER

Herbert O. Yardley

Ballantine Books. Used - Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

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American Black Chamber (Bluejacket Books)

Herbert O. Yardley

US Naval Institute Press. Used - Like New. Book in almost Brand New condition.

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American Black Chamber (Bluejacket Books)

Yardley, Herbert O

US Naval Institute Press. Used - Very Good. Light to moderate shelf wear. Complete. Clean pages.

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AMERICAN BLACK CHAMBER

Yardley, Herbert O.

Ballantine Books. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. 0345298675 Mild shelf/reading wear. Binding good. Orphans Treasure Box sells books to raise money for orphans and vulnerable kids. . Good.

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