The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in World War II (Young Readers Edition)
By Liza Mundy
Narrated by Erin Bennett / 14 hours 4 minutes
“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 Bookstore
"Prodigiously researched and engrossing."---New York Times Book Review
"Fascinating.... Addictively readable."---Boston Globe
reveals a hidden army of female cryptographers, whose work played a
crucial role in ending World War II.... Mundy has rescued a piece of
forgotten history, and given these American heroes the recognition they
deserve."---Nathalia Holt, bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls
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.
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