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Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II (Hardcover)
Title: Code Girls
Did you know the U.S. had its own center for intercepting messages during World War 2?
Mostly managed by military and political people...but the thousands of code breakers were women! They were recruited from the top women's colleges and had degrees in math and science. They were ready to serve the War Effort!
Like the Bletchly group in England, with Germany's Enigma or Japan's naval codes, the U.S. focused on breaking them all!
Secretive or in plain sight, work was 24/7 in shifts.
There began a rivalry between the Army and Navy and civilians. And so began the women in WAVES or WACs.
These dedicated groups worked to bring the soldiers home or save them. The processes involved very complicated components, changing daily. Pencil and paper, plus HUGE machines, kept feeding the military information of the European and South Pacific troop movements.
The work was intense but people still had personal lives, surprisingly.
Should be required reading for WWII buffs!
October 2017 Indie Next List
“There is so much arguing these days over the existence of women in STEM fields and whether they should be allowed to be there. 'Oh honey,' says Code Girls, wrapping an arm around your shoulder, 'we never left.' In riveting prose, Mundy shows the presence of these women from the very beginning -and then how they were almost forcibly forgotten after the war was over. Women who once had only a life of school-teaching to look forward to (even with a PhD) became people who saved lives and sunk ships. This book exists to remind us that women have always been in these stories, even if they're not shown.”
— Alice Ahn, Water Street Books, Exeter, NH
NATIONAL BESTSELLER "Prodigiously researched and engrossing."---New York Times Book Review "Fascinating.... Addictively readable."---Boston Globe "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.
About the Author
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.