Invisible Ink: from Herodotus to al-Qaeda

by Harvard Alum and Georgia Tech faculty Kristie Macrakis



When: Thursday, May 28 at 5:30 pm (cocktail reception). Presentation and Q&A is at 6:30 pm, followed again by cocktail reception.

Where: Womble Carlyle, Skyline Room (25th Floor), Atlantic Station, BB&T Building | 271 17th Street, N.W., Suite 2500, Atlanta, GA 30363-1017

About the Aurthor:
Kristie Macrakis received her PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University. She is an internationally recognized historian of espionage and the author of many books including Surviving the Swastika and Seduced by Secrets. She is professor of history, technology and society at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

About the Book:
Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaedais the first history of invisible ink and secret communications revealed through thrilling stories about scoundrels and heroes and their ingenious methods for concealing messages. 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. It is suitable for anyone interested in revealed secrets and in learning more about the art of secret messaging.

For the first time, Macrakis also reveals spy agencies’ most closely guarded communication secrets using newly declassified materials.  In addition, the book includes fun kitchen chemistry recipes the reader can try out at home.

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