Code Girls by Liza Mundy


One of my book clubs chose this for our December read.  I am always up for a really good non-fiction, and this one is in that category.

While the history of WWII is at the heart of this entire book, the real story is the women (and a few men) that are spotlighted throughout the book.  The research and extensive interviews that this author conducted are evident on every page.  The details and facts make the reading that much more enriching.  Due to the pure number of women in the book, I did at times need to go back and find them in other places to help me remember their back-story.

At the fringe of the book is the continuing theme of what these women gave up to serve their country and then were required to give up again when the war had ended.  I am slightly more than one generation away from these women and the reminder of how far we have come in such a short span of time was a memento of how crucial the change has been.

On a side note.  Lately, I have been very disappointed with traditional publishers.  However, Hachette has been one that seems to have a little more edge and originality in their choice of authors to publish.  I need to keep a better eye on what is coming from their house.

To find out more about this author and her collection of wonderful books, CLICK HERE.



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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