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Code girls : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II

Author: Liza Mundy; Erin Bennett
Publisher: [New York] : Hachette Book Group, [2017] ℗2017
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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Documents the contributions of more than ten thousand American women who served as codebreakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and enabled their subsequent careers.
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
History
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Liza Mundy; Erin Bennett
ISBN: 9781478996552 1478996552 9781478922704 1478922702
OCLC Number: 1003326189
Notes: Title from container.
Compact discs.
Includes bonus PDF of photos.
Performer(s): Read by Erin Bennett.
Description: 12 audio discs (14 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Other Titles: Untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II
Responsibility: Liza Mundy.

Abstract:

Documents the contributions of more than ten thousand American women who served as codebreakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and enabled their subsequent careers.

"Recruited from small Southern towns and posh New England colleges, 10,000 American women served the U.S. Army and Navy as code breakers during World War II. While their brothers and husbands took up arms, these women moved to Washington and, under strict vows of secrecy, learned the meticulous work of breaking German and Japanese military codes. Poring over reams of encrypted messages, the women worked tirelessly in makeshift facilities in Washington, D.C.; Arlington, Virginia; and Dayton, Ohio. Their code-breaking triumphs shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. In the process, many got their first taste of the big city, made lifelong friends, and fell in and out of love amid the heartbreak of war. Ordered never to reveal the details of their wartime work, these women were all but written out of history. Now, through her dazzling archival research and interviews with surviving code breakers, Liza Mundy has brought to life this vital story of American courage, service, and science. At the heart of Code Girls is Dot Braden, a feisty Virginia schoolteacher who, in 1943, leapt at the chance to take a mysterious job with the Army at a place called Arlington Hall. With [this book], the children and grandchildren of Dot and those of thousands of other women will finally learn the complete story of their accomplishments."--Case.

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