In The Woman Who Smashed Codes, Jason Fagone chronicles the life of an extraordinary woman who played an integral role in our nation's history, breaking codes and catching spies from the Great War to the Cold War. Fagone reveals how a young Quaker schoolteacher and poetry scholar named Elizebeth Smith helped catch gangsters and smugglers, exposed a Nazi spy ring in South America, and fought a clandestine battle of wits against Hitler's Reich, cracking multiple versions of its Enigma machine with nothing but pencil and paper. All the while she served as muse to her husband, William, a brilliant codebreaker and master of puzzles who eventually broke Purple, the Japanese version of Enigma-at a terrible cost to his personal life.
Fagone unveils for the first time America's codebreaking history through the prism of one remarkable woman's life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that shaped the modern intelligence community.
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Dey Street Books, August 2018
Product Dimensions: 8 L × 5.3 W × 0 H
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