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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Liza Mundy
Narrator: Erin Bennett
Genres: Military, Public Policy
Publisher: Hachette Books
Published In: October 2017
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 14 hours
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Overview

"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.

Reviews (1)

Code Girls

Written by nab6215 from Altoona, PA on August 21st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was an extraordinary account of code-breaking in the US. I had no idea that this was how it was done. The author did her best to weave personal stories between dry logic and mathematics. The bounce between the two was a bit strange because the women's stories were light and bouncy and math is not. This book should be a must read in the classroom.

Author Details

Author Details

Mundy, Liza

Liza Mundy is a staff writer at The Washington Post and the bestselling author of Michelle: A Biography and Everything Conceivable, among other works.