The Brown Bag Book Discussion Group – October 2019 Update

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone (non fiction) is October’s selection.

This is the story of “[Elizebeth Friedman] (who) was a tireless and talented code breaker who brought down gangsters and Nazi spies … a fascinating swath of American history that begins in Gilded Age Chicago and moves to the inner workings of our intelligence agencies at the close of WWII.” (LA Times) “It’s unsurprising that the name Elizebeth Friedman doesn’t ring a bell for most Americans, given how much of her work was classified during the war…. Still, this Quaker-born poet from Indiana was the grandmother of the National Security Agency and virtually created the modern code-breaking profession.” (Forbes) Please join us on Tuesday, October 1, at noon in the Fireside Room to discuss this fascinating and relevant book.