The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the American women who secretly served as codebreakers during World War II--a "prodigiously researched and engrossing" (New York Times) book that "shines a light on a hidden chapter of American history" (Denver Post).
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Liza Mundy’s compulsively readable Code Girls uncovers the role of American women in the Allies’ counterespionage efforts against Germany and Japan—a lesser-known piece of history that’s every bit as important as England’s cracking of Germany’s Enigma machine. Mundy’s historical research is impeccable, but the book’s beating heart is her interviews with surviving code breakers. Their heartrending and occasionally hilarious stories give this quietly heroic story a personal edge. (P.S. There’s an abridged, young-reader version of the book that’s sure to inspire the next generation of history buffs.)
Man Bashing Lifetime Channel Drivel
I so wanted this to be interesting. That’s why I bought it. Turns out that Liza Mundy used this as a platform to harp on the how evil men are and how tough these women had it. I get it after the first ten times Liza! All that before chapter three. I never saw chapter four. Not to mention the book was simply poorly written. Liza writes with Ayn Rand’s excruciating detail. As a result, I fell asleep multiple times trying to read this.