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Code Girls
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II | Liza Mundy
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In the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, Code Girls is the astonishing, untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes, helping to secure Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysis. Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
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GypsyKat
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I picked up a couple of books from Audible‘s two for one sale.

#AudibleSale

Crazeedi Catherine the great was a really good book! 3w
GypsyKat @Crazeedi It‘s been on my TBR list for years now! 3w
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MrBook
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Replenishment for my #WW2 Display 😁!

Have you read any of these?!

#LitsyLovesLibraries #MrBooksDisplays

Andrew65 I need to read the Nightingale. 1mo
Andrew65 Good additions would be The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, All the Things we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, City of Thieves by David Benioff, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. All favourite books. (edited) 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Nightingale ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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BarkingMadRun Nightingale was so good!! 1mo
ravenlee Got anything about the Night Witches? That would be cool. 1mo
rwmg Only The Rape of Nanking. Strong stuff. 1mo
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higgysmalls
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Code Girls is incredibly interesting, I just couldn't commit to it. Hopefully I will in the future!

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SkeletonKey
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Dog walking this week means lots of extra time for audiobooks.

The tone of this one gets under my skin sometimes but the coding bits are fascinating!

RadicalReader Adorable puppy 3mo
SkeletonKey @RadicalReader - He‘s so sweet 💜 3mo
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brianherbergerbooks
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Pickpick

Great book. Interesting part of our history, and a unique take on WWII Liza Mundy gives life to the story, paints real people as characters in an exciting drama, and pulls the reader in.

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BekaReid
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Code Girls tells of the important code breaking work of women during WW2. In her book, Mundy includes both humorous snippets (bartering plates of scrambled eggs for the delivery of a mattress), technical aspects of the code breaking work, and stories of how seriously the women took their work and in many cases never revealing their key role even to those close to them and even years later long after the war.

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brianherbergerbooks
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Current read - interesting info on how involved this effort was, nice job of turning history into story.

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sammisho
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Pickpick

This was the untold, and unknown story about thousands of American women who stepped up to break enemy codes during WWII. It is not an exaggeration to say they helped win the war. Very interesting and well done.
#womenshistorymonth

Sills Read and appreciated their story👍 girls rock! 4mo
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Macnjen
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Pretty good audiobook. True story of the women who broke codes during WW2. Good narration but it does get pretty technical when it comes to code breaking detail. Interesting and worth reading if you like WW2 reads.

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Macnjen
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Next audiobook for the #litsyAtoZ challenge! It‘s great so far! @BookishMarginalia

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KCorter
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"It appears that in order to live at all one must live dangerously." Florence Mendheim

Favorite part of working in a library so far? Attending cool events on the clock.

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jckphnx
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Female readers will doubtlessly feel inspired by this meticulously researched tale of recovering the stories of hidden heroes, bolstered by Mundy‘s superb writing. But every reader will likely feel a much-needed sense of patriotic pride.

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bookwrm526
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This was an interesting story, especially because I already knew about the British side of the code-breaking enterprise. My only complaint is the time jumps that made it hard to follow in audio. Also, I was thrilled to see that Winthrop (where I got my BA in history and MS in Biology) played a role in the story!! This was my book about a topic that fascinates me for #MMDchallenge

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BooksAtNight
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Pickpick

Thoroughly enjoyed this book about amazing women who played such a key role during WWII. The book has a good balance between detailed descriptions and broad generalizations, which kept me interested and invested in finding out what happened to some of the women.

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BlueStockingReviews
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Code Girls: The untold story of the American women code breakers who helped win World War II was jam packed with interesting information. Almost to much information, it was like... https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/blog/code-girls

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MyBookSwapClub
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Here's my beautiful #DiwaliBookSwap gifts! I love them.

Can't wait to read the book 🙂

arlenefinnigan Happy Diwali! 🕯️ 8mo
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Kristy_K
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For fans of The Radium Girls &Hidden Figures.

Mundy brings to life the young women who helped shape &changed the course of WWII. This portion of history has been largely left out of history books &schools (b/c of secrecy restrictions, & b/c so much of women's role in history is skimmed over), so most of this information was new to me. I loved learning about these unsung heroines.

Thank you Hachette Books for sending me a copy.

3.5⭐️s

#history

BekaReid I'm looking forward to reading this one soon!! 8mo
Kristy_K @BekaReid It‘s informative and engaging. Hope you enjoy! 8mo
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ontheBL
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Women are incredible, and they have been forever. During WWII, women were finally able to contribute and show their worth as code breakers. They were so integral to the war effort, for the first time in the United States, they were actively recruited. I LOVED reading this book!

onthebl.org/2018/10/23/code-girls/

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BekaReid
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This was from yesterday at The Midtown Scholar as I had the privilege to hear Liza Mundy. It's always a pleasure to hear authors speak and talk about their work. I'm looking forward to reading Code Girls (although it may have to wait until next month with a crazy schedule right now).

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BeththeBookDragon
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Code Girls and preseason football 😊 After arriving home late from a work trip,
It‘s just what I need

Aims42 I loved this book 😃 Enjoy your night!! 11mo
BeththeBookDragon @Aims42 I am really enjoying it too! 11mo
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Kyliejohood
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Loving the new book club pick!

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Grampa702
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Outstanding book & story. Fills lot of the void on code breaking during WWII. Not just the enormous contribution made by thousands of women but the actual ordeal & life-saving achievement their success produced. Very detailed; down to names & relationships. Just an excellent book not only for the WWII buff but the general reader as well. Highly recommended!

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LaurenReads
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It amazes me how many more WWII stories I have yet to hear, I love them and this one was amazing. Hearing the story of women code breakers, their service and personal lives, was wonderful and frustrating (as a feminist). They did the impossible in figuring out codes that kept American troops safe, but were still held back based only on their gender. The audio was really good. #audiobook #nonfiction

Bookish_B This one is on my TBR list. Glad you enjoyed it! 12mo
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LaurenReads
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Fashion trumps utility - the WAVES uniforms didn‘t have pockets because it ruined the lines of the uniform.

Women just want pockets!!!! 😀

keys_on_fire I hate that so many pairs of dress pants don‘t have pockets either! 12mo
wanderinglynn And real pockets. Not those shallow fashion pockets. 12mo
Sweettartlaura Yes, yes, @wanderinglynn !!! I have one of those fake pockets today & I‘m so annoyed 😠 12mo
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zezeki Absolutely agree, I want pocketss!! 12mo
JamieArc I may have picked my wedding dress because it had pockets. It was a gorgeous dress, but THE POCKETS! 12mo
wanderinglynn @Sweettartlaura I have a pair of jeans from Chico‘s that has pockets, but they are ridiculously shallow. And they‘re JEANS!!! Seriously WTF!?! 12mo
Eggs Totally feel that 12mo
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LaurenReads
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I usually do sticker painting when I listen to #audiobooks but decided to try diamond painting. Fun so far! And this book is great!

Bookzombie I had to go look up diamond painting. I haven‘t seen it before. 🙂 12mo
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abbylibrarian
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Sunday morning audiobook walk. Loving this WWII history about the women who served as codebreakers in the Army and Navy. #audiobook #summerreading

Louise Have you seen the Bletchley Circle on Netflix? 12mo
abbylibrarian @Louise Ooh no, but I will look for it! 12mo
Louise @abbylibrarian They did a really good job with that series, and it‘s a fascinating look at the women whose code breaking made a huge difference during the war. There was no relegating them to the kitchen after that! 💪🏻 12mo
RadicalReader @abbylibrarian absolutely love the portability of audiobooks so enjoyable to take in the beauty of nature amidst a wonderful read 12mo
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Eggs
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These women made meaningful and amazing contributions to US strategic operations abroad in WW2, but were minimally recognized for it. They suffered PTSD just like men did.

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Eggs
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#readingresolutions #junetbr @Jess7
These are my 36 kindle TBRs that I want to finish during June-July ish (mostly ish LOL)

tammy_sue Ooh so many wonderful books! 😊 14mo
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ssravp
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Pickpick

This was wonderful. Love these kinds of stories. Give me anything spy, code breaking, or espionage related. 😀

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wutheringlows
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“The US military‘s decision to tap “high grade” young women-and the women‘s willingness to accept the summons-was a chief reason why America, in the aftermath of its entry into World War II, was able to build an effective code breaking operation practically overnight.”

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Lea
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I‘m in the #unpopularopinion that this was just okay. I wanted to bail a few times but kept at it. It‘s a lot of information, a lot of code specific information that doesn‘t add to the story of these amazing women. It‘s more of a history of code breaking in DC during WWII with a bend toward women then it is a story of women. The last few chapters were more interesting. #readwomen

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CGeorge
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I‘m finding that I‘m a huge fan of the “hidden history” genre.

SassyBookworm This is on my TBR list! 1y
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DebinHawaii
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#ReadingResolutions #AprilStats 📚

Even though I was busy on work projects the last couple of weeks, April was a great reading month with 17 books finished. Some really good books, a nice amount of non-fiction and a reread of Judy Blume's Forever for the #foreverforever buddy read. Code Girls was my favorite book of the month although Endurance, 32 Yolks and You All Grow Up and Leave Me were right up there. 📚📚📚👍

kspenmoll Fantastic month! 🙌🏻🎉 1y
tammy_sue Wow that‘s wonderful! 👏🏻🙌🏻 1y
Crazeedi Great job! 1y
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DebinHawaii
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I've been slowly listening to this-it's a great book for #audiosouping & I find the story of these smart & driven American women fascinating & wanted to savor it. Their success in breaking codes in World War II isn't widely known & it should be. NF that reads like a novel--the code breaking details so interesting& I found myself caught up in the women's stories-so much so I got a print copy from the library to see the photos & got 😢at the end.

mrozzz 🙌🏻 1y
Lea What is audiosouping?? 🤔 1y
DebinHawaii @Lea I make soup almost every Sunday for my blog & listen to audio books while I do and so I call it #audiosouping instead of #audiocooking 😋😆 1y
Lea @DebinHawaii nice!! I love it 1y
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dsfisher
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Pickpick

I found these women‘s stories fascinating (and these were women, not girls). I was not surprised at some of the treatment they received especially after WWll was over. I was surprised by the very large numbers and the jobs involved. Great read.

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prowlix
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Some #audiocooking as I start Code Girls tonight. Also breakfast for dinner bc I‘ve been craving frittata and now have leftovers for the rest of the week

saresmoore I flipping love frittata! 1y
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DebinHawaii
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I save this one for #audiosouping although it's good and interesting enough that it's hard not to listen to it in-between. Today's Tuscan Bean Soup required lots of chopping, perfect for listening. Finished product 🍲coming later.

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DebinHawaii
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Did my #audiosouping to Code Girls--so far it's fascinating. Even though I am enjoying the audio book, I had to grab a print copy at the library because sometimes you just need pictures.

Today's soup is vegan 'Cure-All' Lentil Soup from the cookbook tagged👇🏻 (I checked out the e-book from the library trying not to buy them!) Easy, satisfying & a nice mix of spices & ingredients. Link to the recipe, on the blog for #soupersundays is👇🏻 🍲❤️

Mdargusch I love your food photos! Now I need to make lentil soup! 1y
DebinHawaii @Mdargusch Thank you! There's nothing like a good lentil soup.🍲❤️ 1y
DivineDiana I bought the ingredients! Planning to make this week! 1y
DebinHawaii @DivineDiana Hope you enjoy it! 🤗 1y
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ChrisM
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This was a fascinating look at women code breakers during World War II. These were women, that because of secrecy agreements, were unrecognized for the major contributions they made to the war effort. I listened on audio & enjoyed the female narrator. 4 ⭐️

Aims42 I loved this book! 🙌🏻💖 1y
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UnabridgedPod
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I‘m enjoying this #nonfiction read, #codegirls, so far. Can‘t wait to discuss it with my #bookclub and to see the author, #lizamundy, at the @massanuttenregionallibrary next week!

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