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The woman all spies fear : code breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and her hidden life  Cover Image Book Book

The woman all spies fear : code breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and her hidden life / Amy Butler Greenfield.

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  • ISBN: 9780593127193
  • ISBN: 0593127196
  • ISBN: 9780593127209
  • ISBN: 059312720X
  • Physical Description: 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Studio, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The doll shop spy -- Starting out -- What do you know? -- Code or cipher? -- Riverbank -- From bacon to binary -- A dear good friend -- The skeletons of words -- Will we win? -- The key to the cipher -- Underlings -- Hiding in plain sight -- Don't be afraid to take a step -- Escape -- Rail fence love letter -- At home -- On the doorstep -- The rum war -- The making of her -- Barbara's cipher -- Firepower -- Cracking a Conexco code -- Fame -- The trip of a lifetime -- Turbulence -- The black chamber -- Ad absurdum! -- Café cryptanalytique -- The woman all spies fear -- The war within -- Heebeegeebees -- Elizebeth's war -- Code names and cribs -- Sargo -- Cracking Enigma -- Solving in depth -- A spy at sea -- Overkill -- Procedure 40 -- Secrets -- The raid -- Fallout -- The last word -- The library.
Summary, etc.:
"Biography of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, an American woman who pioneered codebreaking in WWI and WWII but was only recently recognized for her extraordinary contributions to the field"-- Provided by publisher.
Friedman had a rare talent for spotting patterns and solving puzzles, and these skills led her to become one of the top cryptanalysts in America during both World War I and World War II. In 1916 she had been hired by an eccentric millionaire to prove that Shakespeare's plays had secret messages in them, and learned much about code breaking. Greenfield shows that Friedman and her husband, William, played a major role decoding messages during WWI and WWII, and also for the Coast Guard's war against smugglers. -- adapted from Amazon info
Target Audience Note:
Ages 12+ Random House Children's Books.
Grades 7-9 Random House Children's Books.
Subject: Friedman, Elizebeth, 1892-1980 > Juvenile literature.
Cryptographers > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Friedman, William F. (William Frederick), 1891-1969 > Juvenile literature.
Cryptography > United States > History > 20th century > Juvenile literature.
World War, 1939-1945 > Participation, Female > Juvenile literature.
World War, 1914-1918 > Participation, Female > Juvenile literature.
Married people > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Cryptographers > United States > Biography.
Cryptography > United States > History > 20th century.
Friedman, Elizebeth, 1892-1980.
Friedman, William F. (William Frederick), 1891-1969.
Cryptography > History > 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 > Participation, Female.
World War, 1914-1918 > Participation, Female.
Married people.
Women > Biography.
Genre: Young adult literature.
Young adult nonfiction.

Available copies

  • 15 of 16 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Easton Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 16 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Easton Public Library YA BIO Friedman, E. GREENFIELD, AMY B. (Text) 37777119034304 Young Adult New Biography Available -

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