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The Woman Who Smashed Codes

This sounded really interesting to me. When I read the article and blurb about the book, I immediately thought of Margaret and her bootlegger book, The Professor and the Bootlegger. (Love the Bootlegger cover! Great cover and bargain price!)

In The Woman Who Smashed Codes, Jason Fagone chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman, who played an integral role in our nation’s history for forty years. After World War I, Smith used her talents to catch gangsters and smugglers during Prohibition, then accepted a covert mission to discover and expose Nazi spy rings that were spreading like wildfire across South America, advancing ever closer to the United States. As World War II raged, Elizebeth fought a highly classified battle of wits against Hitler’s Reich, cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine used by German spies. Meanwhile, inside an Army vault in Washington, William worked furiously to break Purple, the Japanese version of Enigma—and eventually succeeded, at a terrible cost to his personal life

National Geographic Article (may require a login to read) with an in-depth look at the story if you want to know more before reading the book.

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Posted: October 9, 2017

11 Comments »

  1. My kind of book, when not writing, or reading a good mystery. It is pricey right now, but I’ll be keeping my eyes open, plus see if the library has it eventually. Looks like a brand new release.

    Comment by Mary Jo Dawson — October 9, 2017 @ 8:58 pm

  2. Thank you, Maria, it’s my kind of book too. I’ll add to my wishlist (library and price discount)

    Comment by Marisa — October 10, 2017 @ 10:12 am

  3. That’s right up my alley!!

    First the Mary Walker post and now this reminded me of some research I had done for RR. There was a woman spy in WWII (forget her name … bad me) who had a prosthetic leg and walked with a limp. She seemed to slip easily in and out of Nazi Germany and the Germans had all of their people looking out for a woman with a limp. At great personal cost (I’m sure), she trained herself to walk without a limp and continued to confound the Germans.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 10, 2017 @ 11:48 am

  4. I totally thought of you when I read the article and found the book!

    Comment by Maria — October 10, 2017 @ 11:51 am

  5. That looks very interesting. I just saw another titled Code Girls that also looks very interesting.

    Comment by Leo — October 10, 2017 @ 3:33 pm

  6. I featured Code Girls a while back–I also read a great article about those ladies at the time. Yes, it looks quite fascinating as well.

    Comment by Maria — October 10, 2017 @ 3:40 pm

  7. Are you sure you meant the Professor book or were you thinking of Regan?

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 10, 2017 @ 7:17 pm

  8. Smith’s first job was to catch bootleggers. So it reminded me of bootleggers on the run in The Professor and the Bootleggers.

    Comment by Maria — October 10, 2017 @ 7:34 pm

  9. Okay. I got it now.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 10, 2017 @ 7:57 pm

  10. I had to find the one legged female spy. Her name was Virginia Hall.

    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/08/the-one-legged-woman-who-was-the-most-dangerous-of-all-allied-spies/

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 10, 2017 @ 8:02 pm

  11. Oooh, thanks for that. There’s also a book about her:

    Wolves at the Door

    It’s a more reasonable price too!

    Comment by Maria — October 10, 2017 @ 8:08 pm

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