Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II (Hardcover)
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
"Prodigiously researched and engrossing" (New York Times), Code Girls is Liza Mundy's award-winning account of the American women who secretly served as US Army and Navy codebreakers during World War Two--a book that "shines a light on a hidden chapter of American history" and a "story of courage and determination that makes you want to work harder and be better" (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.
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.