Welcome to the new catalog for Santa Fe Public Library. We'd love to hear your feedback.

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

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

NPR Best Book of 2017

"Not all superheroes wear capes, and Elizebeth Smith Friedman should be the subject of a future Wonder Woman movie."-- The New York Times

Joining the ranks of Hidden Figures and In the Garden of Beasts, the incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II.

In 1912, 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, Elizabeth 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. Blending the lively pace and compelling detail that are the hallmarks of Erik Larson's bestsellers with the atmosphere and intensity of The Imitation Game, The Woman Who Smashed Codes is riviting popular history at its finest.

Includes an enhancement PDF.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780062430489
9780062675583
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID f6521088-4541-23cf-a61a-438e442d0090
Grouping Title woman who smashed codes a true story of love spies and the unlikely heroine who outwitted americas e
Grouping Author fagone jason
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-09-25 04:17:40AM
Last Indexed 2018-09-25 04:29:05AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Campbell, Cassandra,
author Fagone, Jason,
author2-role Campbell, Cassandra,narrator., hoopla digital.
author_display Fagone, Jason
available_at_santafe Oliver La Farge Branch
detailed_location_santafe La Farge, Main, Online Hoopla Collection, Southside
display_description Traces the life of Elizebeth Smith, who met and married groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman and worked with him to discover and expose Nazi spy rings in South America by cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine. "In 1916, a young Quaker schoolteacher and poetry scholar named Elizebeth Smith was hired by an eccentric tycoon to find the secret messages he believed were embedded in Shakespeare's plays. She moved to the tycoon's lavish estate outside of Chicago expecting to spend her days poring through old books. But the rich man's close ties to the U.S. government, and the urgencies of war, quickly transformed Elizebeth's mission. She soon learned to apply her skills to an exciting new venture: codebreaking--the solving of secret messages without knowledge of the key. Working alongside her on the estate was William Friedman, a Jewish scientist who would become her husband and lifelong codebreaking partner. Elizebeth and William were in many ways the Adam and Eve of the National Security Agency, the U.S. institution that monitors and intercepts foreign communications to glean intelligence. In [this book, journalist] Jason Fagone chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman who played an integral role in our nation's history -- from the Great War to the Cold War. He traces Elizebeth's developing career through World War I, Prohibition, and the struggle against fascism. She 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 the Enigma machine used by German operatives to conceal their communications. And through it all, she served as muse to her husband, a master of puzzles, who astonished friends and foes alike. Inside an army vault in Washington, he worked furiously to break Purple, the Japanese version of Enigma--and eventually succeeded, 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. Rich in detail, The Woman Who Smashed Codes pays tribute to an unsung hero whose story belongs alongside those of other great female technologists, like Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, and whose oft-hidden contributions altered the course of the century."--Jacket.
format_category_santafe Audio Books, Books, eBook
format_santafe Book, eAudiobook
id f6521088-4541-23cf-a61a-438e442d0090
isbn 9780062430489, 9780062675583
item_details hoopla:MWT11895318||Online Hoopla Collection|Online Hoopla|eAudiobook|Audio Books|1|false|true|Hoopla||https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11895318||Available Online||||, ils:.b14939769|.i19958225|Southside|BIO FRIEDMAN, E|||1|false|false|||||IN TRANSIT||co||, ils:.b14939769|.i1999137x|Main|BIO FRIEDMAN, E|||1|false|false|||||Due Oct 17, 2018||mn||, ils:.b14939769|.i19991381|La Farge|BIO FRIEDMAN, E|||1|false|false|||||*CHECK SHELF*||lf||
itype_santafe , Regular Circ
last_indexed 2018-09-25T10:29:05.338Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_santafe BIO FRIEDMAN, E
local_time_since_added_santafe Year
owning_library_santafe Santa Fe Public Library
owning_location_santafe Main Library, Oliver La Farge Branch, Southside Branch
primary_isbn 9780062430489
publishDate 2017
record_details hoopla:MWT11895318|eAudiobook|Audio Books|Unabridged.|English|HarperCollins Publishers Limited,|2017.|1 online resource (1 audio file (13hr., 37 min.)) : digital., ils:.b14939769|Book|Books|First edition.|English|Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow,|[2017].|xvi, 444 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_santafe
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b14939769 .i19958225 In Transit IN TRANSIT false false true false false true 9999
ils:.b14939769 .i19991381 On Shelf *CHECK SHELF* false true true false false true 9999
ils:.b14939769 .i1999137x Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true 9999
hoopla:MWT11895318 Available Online Available Online false true false false false false
subject_facet Biographies, Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Cryptographers -- United States -- Biography, Cryptography -- United States -- History, Friedman, Elizebeth, -- 1892-1980, Friedman, William F. -- (William Frederick), -- 1891-1969, History / Modern / 20th Century, History / Social History, Political Science / Intelligence & Espionage
title_display The woman who smashed codes : a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies
title_full The woman who smashed codes : a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies / Jason Fagone, The woman who smashed codes : a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies [electronic resource] / Jason Fagone
title_short The woman who smashed codes :
title_sub a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Cryptographers, Cryptography, Friedman, Elizebeth, Friedman, William F, History, History / Modern / 20th Century, History / Social History, Political Science / Intelligence & Espionage