Breaking Tradition

Code Girls: The untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy is an exceptional book about the lives and achievements of women and men who played significant roles in secret government offices during World War Two. Sworn to secrecy, these patriots never talked to family, friends, or spouses about the importance of the task to which they dedicated themselves which was code breaking secret communications generated by countries we fought against.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, America’s eligible men enlisted in droves, leaving a void of personnel stateside to man the newly created code breaking offices. Government officials decided to recruit women in colleges to fill the vacancies. Over time, more and more women were required and they rose to the challenge. They didn’t know what they were getting into, but they left their jobs, schools, and everything familiar behind and relocated to wherever they were assigned. Living and working in substandard facilities were the least of the difficulties faced, but they forged ahead.

The code breakers overcame great obstacles and due to their heroic efforts and success in deciphering enemy communications, countless lives were saved.

I loved this book which reveals an amazing part of history and the incredible people who played significant roles in the deciphering offices previously kept secret. I am grateful to the author for writing this book and making this story and the people involved known. Highly recommended reading!

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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