Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Liza Mundy, an award-winning journalist and New York Times-best-selling author of four books including Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, will be talking about how she discovered the story of some 10,000 women during the war working on different aspects of code breaking.
Published in 2017, Code Girls tells the story of more than 10,000 women who were recruited to break Axis codes, work that saved countless lives, shortened the war—and pioneered the modern computer and cybersecurity industries. The book was a New York Times best-seller, a Washington Post best-seller, and a Wall Street Journal best-seller. It has sold more than 200,000 copies and has been translated into ten languages to date. It received rave reviews in publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, and Studies in Intelligence, which said that “Code Girls pays tribute to an unsung group of patriotic Americans who, more than seven decades later, are just now receiving their due." It has won awards including "Best General Audience Intelligence Book" of 2018 from the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, which said that "Code Girls does for women of that era what Hidden Figures did for African American women of the 1960s and Windtalkers did for the native American code communicators of World War II."
Co-sponsored by: Department of Statistics, Department of Mathematics, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Edith Kreeger Wolf Fund for Distinguished Visitors, Science in Human Culture
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