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The Resource 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, Jason Fagone

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The woman who smashed codes : a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies
Title
The woman who smashed codes
Title remainder
a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies
Statement of responsibility
Jason Fagone
Title variation
woman who smashed codes
Title variation remainder
a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted Americas enemies
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
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 America's codebreaking history through the prism of one remarkable woman's life, bringing into focus the events and personalities that shaped the modern intelligence community
Summary
Describes the true story of Elizebeth Smith, a Shakespeare expert, who met and married a groundbreaking cryptologist and worked with him to discover and expose Nazi spy rings in South America by cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine
Writing style
Award
ALA Notable Book, 2018.
Biography type
individual biography
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10572908
Cataloging source
YDX
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Fagone, Jason
Dewey number
  • 652/.8092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Z103.4.U6
LC item number
F34 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Friedman, Elizebeth
  • Friedman, William F.
  • Friedman, Elizebeth
  • Friedman, William F.
  • Enigma cipher system
  • Cryptographers
  • Cryptography
  • Cryptographers
  • Cryptography
  • Enigma cipher system
  • United States
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  • HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
  • HISTORY / Social History
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies
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The woman who smashed codes : a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies, Jason Fagone
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-427) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Author's note: Prying eyes -- Fabyan -- Unbelievable, yet it was there -- Bacon's ghost -- He who fears is half dead -- The escape plot -- Target practice -- Grandmother died -- Magic -- The Hauptsturmführer and the Funkmeister -- Circuit 3-N -- The doll lady -- Hitler's lair -- Epilogue: Girl cryptanalyst and all that
Control code
ocn958781736
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 444 pages
Isbn
9780062430489
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)958781736
Label
The woman who smashed codes : a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies, Jason Fagone
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-427) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Author's note: Prying eyes -- Fabyan -- Unbelievable, yet it was there -- Bacon's ghost -- He who fears is half dead -- The escape plot -- Target practice -- Grandmother died -- Magic -- The Hauptsturmführer and the Funkmeister -- Circuit 3-N -- The doll lady -- Hitler's lair -- Epilogue: Girl cryptanalyst and all that
Control code
ocn958781736
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 444 pages
Isbn
9780062430489
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)958781736

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