An eccentric millionaire. A brilliant woman. A world of espionage and codes and ciphers. Two world wars, more than a dozen dinner parties, a plethora of correspondence, and a legacy left hidden in archives and libraries for decades. All of these pieces describe this year’s Adams County Reads One Book selection, “The Woman Who Smashed Codes,” by Jason Fagone.
“The Woman Who Smashed Codes” follows the legacy of Elizebeth Friedman, a vivacious woman whose brilliance in code-breaking helped the United States decipher various encrypted messages from enemy forces and saved countless Allied Forces lives in World War I and World War II. With her husband, William, they contributed so much to peace efforts, and yet William’s accomplishments became more well known.