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The description said the book might be compared with "Hidden Figures" and "In the Garden of Beasts" or even the "Imitation Game", but that may be an understatement for what this book does for shedding light on the life and work of Elizabeth Smith Friedman. Her work has gone unnoticed because of her husband's work and hidden under the guise of national security. The pdf that is available with the audible book is helpful. The book kept my interest and still left me wanting to know more. This is a dynamite book! This book might be a good book to recommend for students to read. This book will be on my list of books that I listen to multiple times. Many thanks to the author.
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This book is a perfect example of how much of history is made up of people toiling away in back offices without fanfare or recognition. In fact, it seems that endless days of tireless hard work and perseverance with pencil and paper really played a major role in winning the war.
Elizebeth's story is a fascinating global look at WWII. Engaging and offering an overview of world events from a personal perspective. The companion PDF presents excellent additional insights into the methods of code breaking. Lots of background detail about both Enigma and Purple--the Japanese code machine is offered.
A must for both history lovers and anyone who enjoys a good biography.
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