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In the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City Code Girls is the astonishing untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes helping to secure Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysisRecruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and. 45 starsSo glad I finally got around to reading this one as it was everything I hoped it would be I love reading books that showcase remarkable women doing extraordinary things Highly recommend if you enjoy non fiction history about World War 2 andor books that celebrate the achievements of women Having watched the movie The Imitation Game I had some basic knowledge about codebreaking during World War 2 but this book really gave me a much better understanding particularly the important role played by American women in helping win the war Over 10 thousand young women many teachers or college students were recruited by the US government to work as codebreakers Their work was so secretive that most downplayed their jobs when talking with friends and family as just typical secretarial work Decades later many of the codebreakers were highly reluctant to discuss their work during the war even though the government had given them permission to speak of their experiences It was incredibly heartbreaking to read the toll this job took and how it had a negative impact on some women for the rest of their lives While the book does focus on the lives of a few women in particular you do get a glimpse into the lives of many other codebreakers and it was utterly fascinating learn about their experiences It was slightly frustrating though when a person would be brought up and then not mentioned again until the very end of the book and by that point you had forgotten who they were but for the most part it was a fairly easy book to follow I highly recommend getting the updated version of this book I believe it might only be available in paperback as it contains some updates on a few of the people featured as well as the author sharing some stories from readers of this book who reached out to her I actually shed a few tears while reading because it was incredibly awesome to hear that this book gave people an opportunity to learn about their family history This book really shines a light on women who deserve recognition for their contribution to the war effort I honestly can't say enough good things about it Just go out and read it already Bruder Kemal untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes helping to secure Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysisRecruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and. 45 starsSo glad I finally got around to reading this one as it was everything I hoped it would be I love reading books that showcase remarkable women doing extraordinary things Highly recommend if you enjoy non fiction history about World War 2 andor books that celebrate the achievements of women Having watched the movie The 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S 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 accomplishmen. Though I've long been interested in the WWll code work all my reading up until now was about Bletchley Park and the work the Brits did so Code Girls was a welcome addition to my ongoing uest for understanding of this topic The focus stays firmly on the women's perspective which was a welcome though often frustrating outlook The often very young women new college grads or even teenagers accomplished amazing things while getting little credit Sometimes the men fulfilled strereotypes of how women were treated at this time and even today but in other instances there was a surprisingly level playing field as all ideas were welcomed from the youngest to the most mature minds and from the highest ranking to the non ranging civilians There was one shared goal to find out what the enemy was up to so they could save American and Allied livesThere's a nice balance between the women's work and home life though the two were fairly mixed together since the women shared living uarters and tended to invite their male cohorts over for parties or meals It was easier that way with less fear of saying the wrong thing to outsiders Don't get me wrong the youthful high spirits were focused on work than home or romantic life I found this book inspiring and it was refreshing to read about the American code breakersThank you to the publisher for providing an advance reader's copy あばれんぼハニー (Abarenbo Honey) Vol.02 up Labors Giant Step until now was about Bletchley Park and the work the Brits did so Code Girls was a welcome addition to my ongoing Labor's Giant Step: The First Twenty Years of the Cio: 1936-55 uest for Confessions of a Slacker Wife understanding of this topic The focus stays firmly on the women's perspective which was a welcome though often frustrating outlook The often very young women new college grads or even teenagers accomplished amazing things while getting little credit Sometimes the men fulfilled strereotypes of how women were treated at this time and even today but in other instances there was a surprisingly level playing field as all ideas were welcomed from the youngest to the most mature minds and from the highest ranking to the non ranging civilians There was one shared goal to find out what the enemy was Deep Listening: A Composer's Sound Practice up to so they could save American and Allied livesThere's a nice balance between the women's work and home life though the two were fairly mixed together since the women shared living The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes uarters and tended to invite their male cohorts over for parties or meals It was easier that way with less fear of saying the wrong thing to outsiders Don't get me wrong the youthful high spirits were focused on work than home or romantic life I found this book inspiring and it was refreshing to read about the American code breakersThank you to the publisher for providing an advance reader's copy

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Elite colleges 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 career. This was an interesting look at the process by which women were recruited trained and sent to work in code breaking facilities for the American military during World War Two I’ve been enjoying some of these untold slices of history and this was another really cool one following young girls mostly right out of college with few prospects other than teaching school and making up for there being teacher shortages by covering classes for multiple missing teachers in oversized classrooms The book was very technical but also had interesting personal stories scattered throughout I found the stories illustrating the blatant sexism of the time particularly interesting as well as the resentments nursed between military men civilian men working for the military as codebreakers civilian women working for the military there was a lot of tension Anyway a fascinating read Please excuse typosname misspellings Entered on screen reader MacArthur: America's General (The Generals Series) 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 career. This was an interesting look at the process by which women were recruited trained and sent to work in code breaking facilities for the American military during World War Two I’ve been enjoying some of these Es war einmal ein Mord untold slices of history and this was another really cool one following young girls mostly right out of college with few prospects other than teaching school and making Bruder Kemal up for there being teacher shortages by covering classes for multiple missing teachers in oversized classrooms The book was very technical but also had interesting personal stories scattered throughout I found the stories illustrating the blatant sexism of the time particularly interesting as well as the resentments nursed between military men civilian men working for the military as codebreakers civilian women working for the military there was a lot of tension Anyway a fascinating read Please excuse typosname misspellings Entered on screen reader


10 thoughts on “Code Girls The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II

  1. says:

    My mother was in the Navy during World War II doing code breaking; she was at Terminal Island near Long Beach in Southern California She had been a classics major in college studying Latin and Greek The book was fascinating and made me wish that I could talk to her and ask the dozens of uestions I never did


  2. says:

    45 starsSo glad I finally got around to reading this one as it was everything I hoped it would be I love reading books that showcase remarkable women doing extraordinary things Highly recommend if you enjoy non fiction history about World War 2 andor books that celebrate the achievements of women Having watched the movie The Imitation Game I had some basic knowledge about codebreaking during World War 2 but this book really gave me a much better understanding particularly the important role played by American women in helping win the war Over 10 thousand young women many teachers or college students were recruited by the US government to work as codebreakers Their work was so secretive that most downplayed their jobs when talking with friends and family as just typical secretarial work Decades later many of the codebreakers were highly reluctant to discuss their work during the war even though the government had given them permission to speak of their experiences It was incredibly heartbreaking to read the toll this job took and how it had a negative impact on some women for the rest of their lives While the book does focus on the lives of a few women in particular you do get a glimpse into the lives of many other codebreakers and it was utterly fascinating learn about their experiences It was slightly frustrating though when a person would be brought up and then not mentioned again until the very end of the book and by that point you had forgotten who they were but for the most part it was a fairly easy book to follow I highly recommend getting the updated version of this book I believe it might only be available in paperback as it contains some updates on a few of the people featured as well as the author sharing some stories from readers of this book who reached out to her I actually shed a few tears while reading because it was incredibly awesome to hear that this book gave people an opportunity to learn about their family history This book really shines a light on women who deserve recognition for their contribution to the war effort I honestly can't say enough good things about it Just go out and read it already


  3. says:

    I was provided with a free copy of this book by NetGalley and Little Brown in exchange for my honest review All opinions are my ownI'm always game for a book centered around World War II Add women and their major role and you've got me hooked Code Girls is like taking a walk through history A walk that is so rarely acknowledged and respected While men were oversees fighting women stepped up Mundy gives a thorough history of the US recruitments of women to break enemy codes Over ten thousand women moved to Washington in secret to decode enemy messages that would change the fate of the war The book is a lot to take in It covers a lot of information over many years and at times can become confusing Especially when switching between Navy and Army code breakers and the countless women we follow Where I felt the book lacked was in the characters themselves Too much of the book was Dot was this old lived here here parents names were blank and blank and this is why she joined the war Only this was over entire chapters Too much time was spent on the backstories of each women and not on their actual efforts in the war While I value this homage to their lives the book felt choppy and these chapters unnecessary This book could've gone one or two ways either it should've been just about cryptography and the war and how it worked or it should've been about a few women real or not and their work over the course of the war It felt like it was trying to be both and it failed I really wish I could say this book hit the nail on the head but it missed just barely If you're okay reading an ultimately boring book but looking for some interesting facts in the midst feel free to pick this up I did learn some things but felt like I could've got all of the necessary information in a 100 page book


  4. says:

    Beginning in 1941 secret letters were sent across the country to women attending college reuesting their service for the war effort Tens of thousands of women from prestigious northeastern colleges southern teaching schools and many other walks of life answered the calls of the US Navy and Army to serve as code breakers during World War II These unsung heroes left their small towns big cities and families behind to work on their secret mission one which would help win the war Sworn to secrecy many never divulged their wartime efforts This tale of history science and patriotism follows the personal and professional lives of these women Rich in detail and highly researched Code Girls gives everyone a deep look into the secret work of code breaking during the second great war Liza Mundy is the bestselling author of The Richer Sex and Michelle A Biography and a former reporter for the Washington Post Mundy delivers inspiring accounts of the women involved in the uncelebrated effort of code breaking which saved countless American lives Vivid details of these women’s lives makes this a touching and interesting read


  5. says:

    EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT All along there have been female geniuses whose contributions are as important as their male counterparts It's just that far less attention had been paid to them and often these women were denied the top spots that would have brought them recognitionBest work of historical nonfiction for 2017 by a landslide Had I finished Liza Mundy's outstanding tome Code Girls before the onset of the Readers Choice Awards I would have nominated it And it deserves a smashingly good review But here's the kicker Due to a couple rounds in hospital and other life is an adventure craziness I'm a month behind on reviews So this will have to suffice for now But I highly recommend this fabulous highly engaging and relevant book a look back at key women and components of WWII that totally changed the course of the war uotes to come FIVE Utterly Fascinating Enlightening Engaging and Wowing; Highly Recommended Nonfiction WWII History Reading STARS


  6. says:

    This was an interesting look at the process by which women were recruited trained and sent to work in code breaking facilities for the American military during World War Two I’ve been enjoying some of these untold slices of history and this was another really cool one following young girls mostly right out of college with few prospects other than teaching school and making up for there being teacher shortages by covering classes for multiple missing teachers in oversized classrooms The book was very technical but also had interesting personal stories scattered throughout I found the stories illustrating the blatant sexism of the time particularly interesting as well as the resentments nursed between military men civilian men working for the military as codebreakers civilian women working for the military there was a lot of tension Anyway a fascinating read Please excuse typosname misspellings Entered on screen reader


  7. says:

    The Interesting Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers who Helped Win World War IISUMMARYMore than 10000 women served as codebreakers during World War II They were recruited by both the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges While their brothers and boyfriend took up arms these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code breaking Their effort shorten the war save countless lives and gave them extra access to careers which had been previously denied“It was the first time many of the women had spent time in a bonafide work place apart from a classroom and they discovered that work places are and have been since the dawn of time places where one is annoyed and thwarted and underpaid and interrupted and under appreciated”REVIEWCode Girls The untold story of the American women code breakers who helped win World War II was jam packed with interesting information Almost to much information it was like drinking from a fire hose There was no way I could absorb it all Liza Mundy's years of accumulated research and interviews was certainly evident With so much information to share the organization could have been betterI absolutely loved reading about how these women exhibited strength by moving to Washington DC and exhibited intelligence by contributing to our national security during difficult times These women were able to crack both German and Japanese encryptions My mother also moved to Washington DC in 1941 to work for the FBI She like the Code Girls had been a school teacher in Mississippi before she was recruited by the FBI Maybe there is a story there that I didn’t know My favorite part of the book was the first hand experiences Mundy shared with us from her interviews of many of these brave women Liza Mundy is an experienced researcher as evidenced by her New York Times best selling books The richer Sex how the new majority of female breadwinners is transforming sex love and family 2012 and Michelle a biography about Michelle Obama 2008 “Tooth and nail they worked No one jostled for promotion All this they knew was temporary The point was to win the war and get back to their regularly scheduled lives”Publisher Hachette BooksHachette AudioPublished October 10 2017Narrated Erin BennettReview wwwbluestockingreviewscom


  8. says:

    Though I've long been interested in the WWll code work all my reading up until now was about Bletchley Park and the work the Brits did so Code Girls was a welcome addition to my ongoing uest for understanding of this topic The focus stays firmly on the women's perspective which was a welcome though often frustrating outlook The often very young women new college grads or even teenagers accomplished amazing things while getting little credit Sometimes the men fulfilled strereotypes of how women were treated at this time and even today but in other instances there was a surprisingly level playing field as all ideas were welcomed from the youngest to the most mature minds and from the highest ranking to the non ranging civilians There was one shared goal to find out what the enemy was up to so they could save American and Allied livesThere's a nice balance between the women's work and home life though the two were fairly mixed together since the women shared living uarters and tended to invite their male cohorts over for parties or meals It was easier that way with less fear of saying the wrong thing to outsiders Don't get me wrong the youthful high spirits were focused on work than home or romantic life I found this book inspiring and it was refreshing to read about the American code breakersThank you to the publisher for providing an advance reader's copy


  9. says:

    A really hard to follow but ultimately rewarding book Liza Mundy mostly describes the experiences of two code breakers Dot and Ruth Through their eyes we are able to see the inner workings of what was one of the most secretive US operations during WWII This book is a treasure trove of information These women were responsible for saving thousands of lives and on the other hand they bore the weight of destroying thousands of others; most notably they broke the code that allowed the US to intercept and take down Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Their work was both difficult and stressful They were not allowed to tell anyone including friends or family what they were doing Sometimes they broke codes that made them realize their brothers husbands or friends would die and that they were powerless to save themIt's hard to imagine working under pressure of this magnitude and Mundy does a wonderful job of relaying how the women were able to normalize their lives often turning to each other for a sense of community My biggest complaint is that the narrative jumps around a lot There are so many women from so many places each with their own set of circumstances families and job specialties I found it really hard to keep track of all of them Add to that the fact Mundy tries to break down how they went about their code breaking using additives and patternsI was SO LOSTThat being said I learned a lot from this book and am glad I stuck with it I honestly don't know what the world would be like today without the contributions of these incredible women


  10. says:

    Maybe this was a case of having too much research material available and not wanting to waste any of it However I thought that this book contained way too much information about train rides living accommodations letters to soldiers engagements and other domestic details There was also a problem of having too many names While I believe that it’s a good thing for all of these women to get recognition none of them stood out to me and the book became a recitation of names I was hoping for details of the work done and how it impacted the war There was certainly some of that but it felt surrounded by fluff The chronology was also wonky It began with the recruitment of women from the Seven Sisters in 1941 then goes to an interminable introduction then picks up with WWII recruitment then goes backwards to code breakers during WWI and then proceeds with the WWII story Some of the book was informative but most of it was not really interesting to me I received a free copy of this book from the publisher