Book Review: The Woman Who Smashed Codes Posted on February 9, 2018 by Ben Cotton Stop me if you’ve heard this before: a woman does pioneering work in a field, only to have the men end up remembered by posterity.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes does not have that flaw. Fagone does bring other people into the story, particularly Elizebeth Friedman’s husband, William. But the author does not clutter up the story and lets the main characters actions and talents speak for themselves.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone. My rating: 5 of 5 stars My expectations for this book were pretty high: I’ve followed Jason Fagone’s magazine work for a while and know him as a strong writer and evocative storyteller.
National Bestseller NPR Best Book of the Year“Not all superheroes wear capes, and Elizebeth Smith Friedman should be the subject of a future Wonder Woman movie.” —The New York TimesJoining 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 mode.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes rights that wrong, giving Elizebeth and her amazing contributions a well-deserved spotlight. Whether it’s her work attacking the German ENIGMA codes or the codebreaking that followed as she pursued the Nazis into South America on behalf of the Coast Guard, her praises are sung in lavishly detailed fashion by Fagone.
This book “The Woman Who Smashed Codes” makes a nice addition or compliment to the storyline. Elizabeth Smith Friedman is the subject of this book. Mundy also mentioned Elizabeth’s husband, William F. Friedman, and deemed them to be an important team of cryptologists.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies,. 18 clubs reading this now 1 member has read this book. 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. No editorial review at this time. Excerpt No Excerpt Currently.