Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II

In the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, Code Girls is the astonishing, untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes, helping to secure Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysis.

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.

Title:Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II
ISBN:9780316439893
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  • Julie Barnard

    My mother was in the Navy during World War II doing code breaking; she was at Terminal Island near Long Beach in Southern California. She had been a classics major in college, studying Latin and Greek...

  • Katie B

    4.5 starsSo glad I finally got around to reading this one as it was everything I hoped it would be. I love reading books that showcase remarkable women doing extraordinary things. Highly recommend if ...

  • Kaitlyn Red Wing

    I was provided with a free copy of this book by NetGalley and Little, Brown in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.I'm always game for a book centered around World War II. Add women...

  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    Beginning in 1941 secret letters were sent across the country to women attending college requesting their service for the war effort. Tens of thousands of women from prestigious northeastern colleges,...

  • Pamela

    EXCELLENT ***** EXCELLENT ***** EXCELLENT!! "[A]ll along there have been female geniuses whose contributions are as important as their male counterparts. It's just that far less attention had been pai...

  • Kat

    This was an interesting look at the process by which women were recruited, trained and sent to work in code-breaking facilities for the American military during World War Two. I’ve been enjoying som...

  • Lisa

    The Interesting Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers who Helped Win World War IISUMMARYMore than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. They were recruited by both the US...

  • Cynthia

    Though I've long been interested in the WWll code work all my reading up until now was about Bletchley Park and the work the Brits did so Code Girls was a welcome addition to my ongoing quest for unde...

  • Katie

    A really hard to follow but ultimately rewarding book. Liza Mundy (mostly) describes the experiences of two code breakers: Dot and Ruth. Through their eyes, we are able to see the inner workings of wh...

  • Faith

    Maybe this was a case of having too much research material available and not wanting to waste any of it. However, I thought that this book contained way too much information about train rides, living ...