Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to Al-qaeda

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Inspired by her research into the Stasi's secret writing formula, Macrakis presents the story of invisible ink since antiquity, told through the exploits of a cast of clandestine yet colourful characters.

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""Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies "is a thorough and interesting historical look at the origin and evolution of 'secret' or 'invisible' writing. The book is written in a very reader friendly, accessible style, making it suitable for a broad audience. The brief historical vignettes of individuals such as Kurt Frederick Ludwig and Madame Maria de Victorica and their use of invisible ink are light, breezy, and easily digested."--Allen Hornblum, author of "Acres of Skin "and" The Invisible Harry Gold"--Allen Hornblum

"Kristie Macrakis here reveals long-hidden secrets of invisible ink, microdots, and other ways spies, lovers, generals, businessmen, and ordinary folk have concealed messages they didn't want others to read. No one else has ever done this so well and so fully. A tour de force!"--David Kahn, author of "The Codebreakers"--David Kahn

"Kristie Macrakis's fascinating, pathbreaking book shows how secret writing was developed by both lovers and spies (an exotic combination in the history of covert communication). Though nowadays widely regarded as child's play, in the world wars and Cold War of the twentieth century, secret writing remained, as Macrakis vividly demonstrates, a deeply serious business."--Christopher Andrew, Cambridge University--Christopher Andrew

'Kristie Macrakis's "Prisoners, Lovers & Spies" is subtitled The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda, and this curious accoutrement of the spy's trade provides an immensely diverting overview of secret and hidden writing, from lovers making clandestine assignations to Mata Hari providing information for her paymasters ad to details of terrorist operations hidden in pornography.'--Barry Forshaw, "The Independent"--Barry Forshaw"The Independent" (06/14/2014)

'Kristie Macrakis's gripping study of secret writing in its hidden or invisible form is chiefly a history of espionage techniques, or what John le Carre used to call tradecraft.'--Roger Lewis, "Daily Mail"--Roger Lewis"Daily Mail" (06/13/2014)

'Kristie Macrakis, an American historian of secrecy, has chosen a subject full of colour and humour.'--Oliver Moody, "The Times"--Oliver Moody"The Times" (07/12/2014)

"For every person who experimented with secret inks in our youth, at last we have a splendidly written history of how these inks were developed and the role they played in history. As a bonus, in the Appendix is a useful guide to secret inks and 'kitchen chemistry experiments, ' where the reader will find the secret formulas and instructions needed to make your messages disappear... and appear again! I enthusiastically recommend this book!" H. Keith Melton, coauthor (with Robert Wallace) of "Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda"--H Keith Melton"

"Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies "is a thorough and interesting historical look at the origin and evolution of 'secret' or 'invisible' writing. The book is written in a very reader friendly, accessible style, making it suitable for a broad audience. The brief historical vignettes of individuals such as Kurt Frederick Ludwig and Madame Maria de Victorica and their use of invisible ink are light, breezy, and easily digested." Allen Hornblum, author of "Acres of Skin "and" The Invisible Harry Gold"--Allen Hornblum"

Kristie Macrakis here reveals long-hidden secrets of invisible ink, microdots, and other ways spies, lovers, generals, businessmen, and ordinary folk have concealed messages they didn't want others to read. No one else has ever done this so well and so fully. A tour de force! David Kahn, author of "The Codebreakers"--David Kahn"

Kristie Macrakis's fascinating, pathbreaking book shows how secret writing was developed by both lovers and spies (an exotic combination in the history of covert communication). Though nowadays widely regarded as child's play, in the world wars and Cold War of the twentieth century, secret writing remained, asMacrakis vividly demonstrates, a deeply serious business." Christopher Andrew, Cambridge University--Christopher Andrew"

About the Author:

Kristie Macrakis, the author or editor of five books, is professor of history, technology, and society at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her other books include Surviving the Swastika and Seduced by Secrets. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

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