Code Girls is incredibly interesting, I just couldn't commit to it. Hopefully I will in the future!
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.
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.
Current read - interesting info on how involved this effort was, nice job of turning history into story.
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.
"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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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).
Loving the new book club pick!
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!
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
Fashion trumps utility - the WAVES uniforms didn‘t have pockets because it ruined the lines of the uniform.
Women just want pockets!!!! 😀
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.
This was wonderful. Love these kinds of stories. Give me anything spy, code breaking, or espionage related. 😀
“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.”
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
I‘m finding that I‘m a huge fan of the “hidden history” genre.
#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. 📚📚📚👍
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.
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.
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👇🏻 🍲❤️
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 ⭐️