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Sisältää nimen: Jason Fagone


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I don't remember the details, but prior to December 1941, Dusko Popov, a Yugoslav playboy working as a double agent for the British during WW II, was sent to New York by the Germans to find out what kind of defenses the Americans had at Pearl Habor. The scope of the questionnaire the Germans had given him left little doubt that the Axis were planning an attack there. Popov showed the questionnaire to the FBI but Hoover did not want to hear about it (see Codename Tricycle by Russell Miller). Thus the FBI had information not only from Elizebeth Friedman, but from Popov, a British agent, as well, and Hoover managed to ignore all of it. Fagone doesn't mention any of this.

I suppose there is nothing wrong with focussing only on one subject. But the espionage that was carried out during the second World War was complex, lots of interconnections, and when some of those connections are made, it makes for more interesting reading.

I thought the subject of this book to be very interesting. Elizebeth Friedman was a brilliant woman who did extremely important work and is well worth reading about. The writing was adequate.
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dvoratreis | 45 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 22, 2024 |
(Print: ©9/26/2017; 9780062430489; Dey Street Books; 464 pp.)
(Digital: Yes).
*Audio: ©9/26/2017; 978-0062675583; Duration 13:43:55; 15 parts; unabridged
(Film: No.)

I enjoy fiction and non-fiction about the 1930’s and 40’s, and heroic feats during war time.
My father was a cryptologist in WWII, so I found this one particularly interesting. The other interesting aspect of this book, about Elizebeth Smith Friedman (1892-1980), a cryptanalyst mostly active in the 30’s and 40’s, is it describes how the accomplishments of women, particularly in those days, could/can so easily get obscured or lost entirely for so many reasons—such as, because there are others who will happily take credit for accomplishments they can rationalize are theirs for having employed or partnered with a woman; by the women themselves who are happy to give credit away to husbands or any good mentor or partner they honor and admire; recorders of events who deem a woman’s contributions unworthy of mention; and a myriad others. Obscuration was aided in this case, and doubtless many others, by the cloak-and-dagger top-secret confidential nature of much of governmental work.
I got my copy from the Overdrive application in audio format. It announces that there is a print PDF accompaniment but I could not download it to my phone or my computer. It claims it wants another program besides Overdrive to open in but it won’t open in Adobe Reader. Perhaps I am not savvy enough, or perhaps the folks at Overdrive aren’t and they just want me to *think* I had access to the accompaniment when I actually don’t. This suspicion is further substantiated by the fact that the digital edition does not mention or include this. The book makes reference to it frequently when describing codes. Maybe you want to purchase this one through Audible if you get the audio version and have any hopes of viewing this pdf. Or perhaps the hardback edition, although in the Amazon “look inside” feature there’s no mention of a section that shows the codes. It’s a mystery.
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TraSea | 45 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 29, 2024 |
Really interesting! Describes the American counterparts of Turing and Bletchley park during WWII. (There was very little coordination between the teams.)
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stardustwisdom | 45 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 31, 2023 |
I learned so much reading this book about the amazing life of Elizebeth Friedman. This is definitely a love story in the story of William and Elizebeth, but it's so much more. Spies, espionage, Nazi's, the world during the first half of the 1900's and the dedication of heroes who thought their brilliance outwitted our enemies.
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Suem330 | 45 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 28, 2023 |



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