This is the last part of a three-part series covering encryption and decryption, with a focus on the algorithms used. If you have missed either the first or second part, I encourage you to check them out before reading this part.
Through the years I have gathered some of the most comprehensive and best literature that is available. Here I am sharing my list with you, and I truly believe that you are going to be amazed by these works. Whether you are just a casual cryptography enthusiast, a student or an expert in this field, I am sure that you will enjoy these masterpieces.
As an honorable mention, I'd like to state that Bruce Schneier has written and/or co-authored some of the absolute best books and manuals about cryptography. Some of his books are used as textbooks and considered to be bibles of cryptography. Anyway, I'd express my respect toward all of these authors that appear in this list below. All of them have amazing expertise and vast amounts of knowledge.
I might have left out some of the most obvious literature, and as much as I regret it, more than likely it is because I couldn't get my hands on it yet. But this should be enough for now. If you still want to research more, then I challenge you to do so.
I would also appreciate your recommendations if you come across some outstanding work.