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Code Girls

Code Girls

The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Code Girls reveals a hidden army of female cryptographers, whose work played a crucial role in ending World War II…. Mundy has rescued a piece of forgotten history, and given these American heroes the recognition they deserve.”—Nathalia Holt, bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls

Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.

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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Military / World War Ii

On Sale: October 10th 2017

Price: $14.99

Page Count: 432

ISBN-13: 9780316352550


"Liza Mundy's Code
reveals one of World War II's last remaining secrets: the true tale
of the young American women who helped shorten the war and saved thousands of
lives by breaking the codes of the German and Japanese armed forces. But it's
also a superbly researched and stirringly written social history of a pivotal
chapter in the struggle for women's rights, told through the powerful and
poignant stories of the individuals involved. In exploring the vast, obscure,
and makeshift offices of wartime Washington where these women performed
seemingly impossible deeds, Mundy has discovered a birthplace of modern
America."—Glenn Frankel,
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of High Noon

"Code Girls is
a riveting account of the thousands of young coeds who flooded into Washington
to help America win World War II. Liza Mundy has written a thrilling
page-turner that illuminates the patriotism, rivalry, and sexism of the
code-breakers' world."—Lynn Povich, author
of The Good Girls Revolt

"Code Girls
is an extraordinary book by an extraordinary author. Liza Mundy's portraits of
World War II codebreakers are so skillfully and vividly drawn that I felt as if
I were right there with them--mastering ciphers, outwitting the Japanese army,
sinking ships, breaking hearts, and even accidentally insulting Eleanor
Roosevelt. I am an evangelist for this book: You must read it."—Karen Abbott, New
York Times
bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar,
Temptress, Solider, Spy

"Code Girls
reveals a hidden army of female cryptographers, whose work played a crucial
role in ending World War II. With clarity and insight, Mundy exposes the
intertwined narratives of the women who broke codes and the burgeoning field of
military intelligence in the 1940s. I cannot
overstate the importance of this book; Mundy has rescued a piece of forgotten
history, and given these American heroes the recognition they deserve."—Nathalia Holt, New
York Times
bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls

"Code Girls is
not just a great slice of history--one that would have been lost to us without
Liza's storytelling and the work of some heroic archivists--but a story
relevant to every discussion we have now about America's security agencies and
how they came to be. I am delighted readers will finally know about these
pioneering women and their incredible contributions to America."—Gayle Tzemach Lemmon,
senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and New York
bestselling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and Ashley's War

"Mundy is a fine storyteller.... A sleek, compelling
narrative.... The book is a winner. Her descriptions of codes and ciphers, how
they worked and how they were broken, are remarkably clear and accessible. A
well-researched, compellingly written, crucial addition to the literature of
American involvement in World War II."—Kirkus (starred review)

"Similar to Nathalia Holt's The Rise of the Rocket Girls and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures, this is indispensable and fascinating history. Highly
recommended for all readers."—Library
(starred review)

"Mundy's fascinating book suggests that [the
Code Girls'] influence did play a role in defining modern Washington and
challenging gender roles--changes that still matter 75 years later."—Washingtonian

"Code Girls ... finally gives due to the
courageous women who worked in the wartime intelligence community."—Smithsonian.com

Liza Mundy author photo credit by Nina Subin

Meet The Author: Liza Mundy

Liza Mundy is the New York Times bestselling author of The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family and Michelle: A Biography. She has worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and contributed to numerous publications including The Atlantic, TIME, The New Republic, Slate, Mother Jones, and The Guardian. She is a frequent commentator on countless prominent national television, radio, and online news outlets and has positioned herself at the prestigious New America Foundation as one of the nation’s foremost experts on women and work issues. Discover more