Author Liza Mundy on "Code Girls"

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Award-winning journalist and NYT bestselling author Liza Mundy speaks about her new book Code Girls, The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. In 1942, reeling from Japan’s devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States military launched a secret program to recruit young, female college graduates to serve as code breakers in the newly ramped up war effort. Their triumphs against the Germans and Japanese helped secure an Allied victory. Hear their fascinating stories, collected through archival research and numerous interviews conducted with the surviving code girls (now in their nineties), that have gone without recognition for nearly 70 years.

Community partners: Westport Historical Society, Princeton Alumni Club and History Book Discussion Group

“Liza Mundy’s Code Girls reveals one of World War II’s last remaining secrets: the true tale of the young American women who helped shorten the war and saved thousands of lives by breaking the codes of the German and Japanese armed forces. But it’s also a superbly researched and stirringly written social history of a pivotal chapter in the struggle for women’s rights, told through the powerful and poignant stories of the individuals involved. In exploring the vast, obscure, and makeshift offices of wartime Washington where these women performed seemingly impossible deeds, Mundy has discovered a birthplace of modern America.”―Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of High Noon

 

"Mundy is a fine storyteller.... A sleek, compelling narrative.... The book is a winner. Her descriptions of codes and ciphers, how they worked and how they were broken, are remarkably clear and accessible. A well-researched, compellingly written, crucial addition to the literature of American involvement in World War II."—Kirkus (starred review)

"...prodigiously researched and engrossing new book..."
NYT Sunday Book Review, November 12

Liza Mundy is the New York Times bestselling author of The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family and Michelle: A Biography. She was a long-time reporter at the Washington Post and has contributed to numerous publications including The Atlantic, TIME, The New Republic, Slate, Mother Jones and Politico. She is a frequent commentator on prominent national television shows, radio, and online news outlets. A senior fellow at New America, Mundy is one of the nation's foremost experts on women and work issues. 

Author photo credit Nina Subin

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