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Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies
The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda

Kristie Macrakis

Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies is a book about concealing and revealing secret communications. It is the first history of invisible writing, uncovered through stories about scoundrels and heroes. Spies were imprisoned or murdered, adultery unmasked, and battles lost because of faulty or intercepted secret communications. Yet, successfully hidden writing helped save lives, win battles, and ensure privacy; occasionally it even changed the course of history.

Kristie Macrakis combines a storyteller’s sense of drama with a historian’s respect for evidence in this page-turning history of intrigue and espionage, love and war, magic and secrecy. From the piazzas of ancient Rome to the spy capitals of the Cold War, Macra...


2014   392 pp.  32 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300179255  $27.50
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An Introduction to Spanish for Healthcare Workers
Communication and Culture, Fourth Edition
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ISBN: 9780300212976

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A Field Guide to California Lichens
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The Great Revolution in Science
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Brilliant Discourse
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Chasing Monarchs
Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage
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Hemlock
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The Incidental Steward
Reflections on Citizen Science
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Madness and Memory
The Discovery of Prions--A New Biological Principle of Disease
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The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live with It
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Riddle of the Feathered Dragons
Hidden Birds of China
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The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition
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