Reading and Book Signing - Dr. Kristie Macrakis

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    • Tuesday April 8, 2014 - Thursday April 10, 2014
      11:00 pm - 12:59 am
  • Location: Carter Center Library, 441 Freedom Parkway Atlanta, Georgia 30307-1498
  • Phone: (404) 865-7100
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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. 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, Macrakis's global history reveals the drama and importance of invisible ink. From Ovid’s advice to use milk for illicit love notes, to John Gerard's dramatic escape from the tower of London aided by orange juice ink messages, to al-Qaeda’s hidden instructions in pornographic movies, this book presents spellbinding stories of secret messaging that chart its evolution in sophistication and its impact on history.

Dr. Kristie Macrakis is a professor in the School of History, Technology, and Society at Georgia Tech.  She teaches courses on espionage history and history of science. She is also the author of Surviving the Swastika: Scientific Research in Nazi Germany (Oxford University Press, 1993), Science under Socialism: East Germany in Comparative Perspective (Harvard University Press, 1999), and Seduced by Secrets: Instide the Stasi's Spy-Tech World (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

 This event is free and open to the public.

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, School of History and Sociology

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Graduate students
alQaeda, herodotus, history, invisible ink, prisoners, spies
  • Created By: LaDonna Bowen
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Mar 19, 2014 - 8:42am
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