Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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By Liza Mundy, Erin Bennett (Read by)
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Code breaking is tedious, mind-numbing work. Writing about the process could also be tedious, but Mundy gives us a very accessible discussion of code creating and code breaking, embellished with the personal stories of the spunky women who went to work for the U.S. armed forces to support the war effort in the early 1940s. It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a side of the war that was kept quiet for decades. Code Girls also provides a good picture of the status and roles of women in mid-20th century America. Smart college grads had to endure discrimination and exploitation that women today wouldn't dream of accepting. Good cultural history; recommended.

— Alice

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781549113062
ISBN-10: 1549113062
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication Date: November 10th, 2017
Language: English