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Liza Mundy is the bestselling author of Michelle: A Biography and Everything Conceivable. A longtime award-winning reporter for The Washington Post, she is currently a fellow at the New America Foundation. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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The Best American Science Writing 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 165 copies

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This kept my heartrate up the entire time, either from thrilling spy work or infuriating workplace sexism. Exciting, informative, and historically detailed, this was excellent.
 
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KallieGrace | 2 other reviews | May 8, 2024 |
This is the story of the thousands of women who were recruited to go to Washington, DC to be code-breakers during the war.

The author gives a rather thorough history of how each woman was recruited and what they left behind to go there. A big part of the book focuses on each woman’s recruitment and their lives during the war, but there are two women who are discussed the most. All of the women were breaking codes that saved thousands of lives but on the flip side they also learned of brothers, husbands or friends dying and they couldn’t do anything to save them. They were the ones that broke the code that allowed the US to intercept and take down Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. They couldn’t talk about what they were doing during that time and even for several years afterward they still could not discuss what they did.

I got a bit lost when the author was describing the additives and patterns they used to break codes but otherwise the book was very well-written and quite informative.
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Cathie_Dyer | 51 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
Great history of the women recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy to work as code breakers during World War II. They were recruited from top women's colleges, teacher colleges, and elsewhere because the men were being sent overseas. They were capable and broke many of the codes used by the U.S. to defeat their opponents in Europe and the Pacific. At the end of the war, they were told they could never speak about what they had done, so they didn't. Their stories might have been lost when they went back to being housewives and mothers, but for this book.… (more)
 
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Pferdina | 51 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |
The subtitle says it all. Well written history that should have been well known long before Liza Mundy sat down to write about it.
 
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ben_r47 | 51 other reviews | Feb 22, 2024 |

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