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The woman who smashed codes : a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies

Author: Jason Fagone
Publisher: New York, New York : Dey Street Books, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Elizebeth Friedman; Elizebeth Friedman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Fagone
ISBN: 9780062430489 0062430483
OCLC Number: 1005678196
Target Audience: Adult
Description: xvi, 444 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Author's note: Prying eyes --
Part I: Riverbank. Fabyan ; Unbelievable, yet it was there ; Bacon's ghost ; He who fears is half dead ; The escape plot --
Part II: Target practice --
Part III: The invisible war. Grandmother died ; Magic ; The Hauptsturmführer and the Funkmeister ; Circuit 3-N ; The doll lady ; Hitler's lair --
Epilogue: Girl cryptanalyst and all that.
Other Titles: True story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies
Responsibility: Jason Fagone.

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In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the "Adam and Eve" of the NSA, Elizebeth?s story, incredibly, has never been told. 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. Fagone unveils America?s code-breaking history through the prism of Smith?s life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that would help shape modern intelligence.

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