Josh Dean - The Taking of K-129 & Jason Fagone - The Woman Who Smashed Codes — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

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In February 1968, the Soviet nuclear-armed submarine K-129 sank in the Pacific, northwest of Hawaii. The Russians couldn’t find it. Using new underwater acoustic equipment, the U.S. Navy did, but then were unable to raise it from its depth of 16,800 feet. Determined to gain access to the secrets buried in the vessel, the government put the CIA on the case. Project Azorian took six years, cost roughly $800 million, and was conducted under the cover story that it was an endeavor initiated by Howard Hughes to develop ocean-mining technologies. The mission was ultimately successful, though the sub broke apart when it was extracted. Dean, a widely published journalist and Outside correspondent, has written a taut and suspenseful account of Cold War ingenuity.

Elizebeth Smith Friedman (1892-1980) may not be a household name, but her code-breaking achievements were so crucial that they’ve been claimed by many others, including her husband, NSA chief cryptologist William Friedman, and J. Edgar Hoover. In this long-overdue and deeply researched biography, Fagone, a journalist and editor for the Huffington Post Highline, recounts how Friedman’s love of Shakespeare brought her to cryptology on the eve of World War I. He follows her career from Riverbank Laboratories to the U.S. War Department and on to the Treasury Department’s Bureaus of Prohibition and of Customs, where she used her skills to track international smugglers  During the Second World War, she was instrumental in helping to crack the Germans’ Enigma codes.

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The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062430489
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 26th, 2017

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