The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

The Woman Who Smashed Codes

Joining the ranks of Hidden Figures and In the Garden of Beasts, the incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War IIIn 1912, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an...

Details The Woman Who Smashed Codes

TitleThe Woman Who Smashed Codes
Release DateSep 26th, 2017
Publisher Dey Street Books
GenreNonfiction, Biography, History, War, Spy Thriller, Espionage, North American Hi..., American History, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews The Woman Who Smashed Codes

  • Ollivier
    Anyone interested in the History of cryptography knows William F. Friedman, known as the man who broke Purple the Japanese cipher machine and many things. But who did know that his wife, née Elizebeth Smith, was his equal in cryptographic skills? She created a Coast Guard cryptographic team, broke an Enigma without any help from Bletchley Park, helped expose many Prohibition-era gangs and Nazi spy networks in South America during WWII and worked...
  • Rick
    Immediately added to my favorites shelf. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.The Woman Who Smashed Codes will be compared with Hidden Figures, and that's fair, to a point. Both books have at their core a story of remarkable scientific/mathematic achievement, overlooked because of gender, largely forgotten (until now) as others took credit. But it is so much more, so rich in its account of not only an extraordinary woman, but the time in wh...
  • Vicki
    There is so much to think about in this book. Cryptography, women in the workforce, the start of the NSA, World War 1, World War 2, privacy, work, marriage, partnership, humanity, what it means to leave behind a legacy, the dignity of intellectual work, motherhood - and so, so much more. It's a dense read, but today, as we grapple with what it means to be human and to entrust our privacy to machines, and in an era of intense debate about the role...
  • Rachel Evans
    History as MysteryA well-written and researched book about a topic few people know about. It read like a spy thriller, making history an intriguing read along the lines of Devil in the White City.
  • Susan Walker
    This is a must read. The true story is very powerful and really keeps the reader riveted. This well written book has something for everyone.