“In a clear, braided narrative, Liza Mundy reveals how these codebreakers broke both codes and new ground—and why it’s high time they were recognized for their achievements.”
Featured in Smithsonian’s Best Science Books of 2017.
“The once-secret story of the American women whose code-breaking helped win World War II. Mundy skillfully interweaves the history of the war and the evolution of military intelligence with the lives of the women who were racing to decipher enemy messages, while dealing with sexism, romance and heartbreak at home.”
Featured in The Washington Post’s 2017 Best Gift Guide.
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.