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The Woman Who Smashed Codes

Author : Jason Fagone
ISBN : 9780062430502
Genre : History
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER NPR Best Book of 2017 “Not all superheroes wear capes, and Elizebeth Smith Friedman should be the subject of a future Wonder Woman movie.” — The New York Times Joining the ranks of Hidden Figures and In the Garden of Beasts, the incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II. In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the "Adam and Eve" of the NSA, Elizebeth’s story, incredibly, has never been told. In The Woman Who Smashed Codes, Jason Fagone chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman, who played an integral role in our nation’s history for forty years. After World War I, Smith used her talents to catch gangsters and smugglers during Prohibition, then accepted a covert mission to discover and expose Nazi spy rings that were spreading like wildfire across South America, advancing ever closer to the United States. As World War II raged, Elizebeth fought a highly classified battle of wits against Hitler’s Reich, cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine used by German spies. Meanwhile, inside an Army vault in Washington, William worked furiously to break Purple, the Japanese version of Enigma—and eventually succeeded, at a terrible cost to his personal life. Fagone unveils America’s code-breaking history through the prism of Smith’s life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that would help shape modern intelligence. Blending the lively pace and compelling detail that are the hallmarks of Erik Larson’s bestsellers with the atmosphere and intensity of The Imitation Game, The Woman Who Smashed Codes is page-turning popular history at its finest.
Category: History

The Lady Vanishes

Author : Ethel Lina White
ISBN : 9781509858521
Genre : Fiction
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A special edition of The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White reissued with a bright retro design to celebrate Pan’s 70th anniversary. In this nail-bitingly tense thriller, a girl on a train finds herself in a terrifying situation when her travelling companion vanishes suddenly from their compartment whilst she is sleeping. Every other passenger aboard insists that the woman doesn’t exist – that she was never there at all. But as the train rattles on through Europe it becomes increasingly clear that something very sinister is at work. Originally published as The Wheel Spins, this gripping psychological suspense novel was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous 1938 thriller starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave.
Category: Fiction

Spymistress

Author : William Stevenson
ISBN : 9781628721867
Genre : History
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The New York Times Bestseller by the Author of A Man Called Intrepid Ideal for fans of Nancy Wake, Virginia Hall, The Last Goodnight by Howard Blum, The Woman Who Smashed Codes, The Wolves at the Door by Judith Pearson, and similar works Shares the story of Vera Atkins, legendary spy and holder of the Legion of Honor Written by William Stevenson, the only person whom she trusted to write her biography She was stunning. She was ruthless. She was brilliant and had a will of iron. Born Vera Maria Rosenberg in Bucharest, she became Vera Atkins. William Stphenson, the spymaster who would later be known as “Intrepid”, recruited her when she was twenty-three. Vera spent most of the 1930s running too many dangerous espionage missions to count. When war was declared in 1939, her many skills made her one of the leaders of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert intelligence agency formed by, and reporting to, Winston Churchill. She trained and recruited hundreds of agents, including dozens of women. Their job was to seamlessly penetrate deep behind the enemy lines. As General Dwight D. Eisenhower said, the fantastic exploits and extraordinary courage of the SOE agents and the French Resistance fighters “shortened the war by many months.”They are celebrated, as they should be. But Vera Atkins’s central role has been hidden until after she died; William Stevenson promised to wait and publish her story posthumously. Now, Vera Atkins can be celebrated and known for the hero she was: the woman whose beauty, intelligence, and unwavering dedication proved key in turning the tide of World War II.
Category: History

Code Name Grand Guignol

Author : Ib Melchior
ISBN : 9781497642591
Genre : Fiction
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British Intelligence had learned on the eve of D-Day that the Nazis were racing to complete some sort of secret weapon that would threaten the destruction of the whole invasion operation . . .
Category: Fiction

Time Travel With The History Chicks

Author : Beckett Graham
ISBN : 1633539601
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
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Time travel with the award-winning podcasters The History Chicks, as they creatively guide readers through America's Gilded Age and the legendary women who lived it.
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

The Woman Who Swallowed Her Cat

Author : Rob Myers
ISBN : 9781770900769
Genre : Humor
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A collection of fifty unbelievable and often disturbing strange-but-true medical stories.
Category: Humor

The Victim Donor

Author : Ken Corre
ISBN : 9781935278085
Genre : Fiction
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Stockbroker John Harris III is living the American dream with Cheryl, his physician wife and college sweetheart. With four young children, a house in the mountains of Utah, and a mutual deep love for each other, their lives seem idyllic ... until Harris is suddenly the victim of a gruesome kidnapping one morning on his way to work. Local police and the FBI make little headway on the case until, to everyone's surprise, Harris turns up alone and comatose in a motel room several states away. He is in perfect health except for a missing kidney-the result of a rogue surgery performed by a world-class talent. As urban legend becomes suburban reality, the family is left to wonder why the kidnappers chose Harris as their victim donor and why he was allowed to survive. Harris and his family are about to learn the horrifying answers as a surgeon's scalpel leads them to the truth. ..".A feast, a cauldron of action, adventure, intrigue, conspiracy, plotting, international shenanigans and hanky-panky from one individual person's travail to a situation that engulfs the entire world in its stress and dread and impact." Professor Richard Walter, Chairman of Screenwriting, UCLA Film School
Category: Fiction

The Deborah Company

Author : Jane Hamon
ISBN : 9780768499766
Genre : Religion
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God is looking for Deborah's -- women who dare to make a positive difference in all they do.Have you realized your full potential? Have you explored all you can be? Are you a woman of influence? Deborah, the judge and prophetess, was filled with Holy Spirit revelation and employed divine wisdom and strategies to influence her world. She exemplified boldness, courage, and the heart of a true worshiper as she also maintained balance in managing her responsibilities. The Deborah Company is an inspiring combination of historical and modern women who made or are making a positive difference in their church, home, community, and world. The author's personal experiences, sprinkled with humor, will encourage you to overcome the challenges that women uniquely face in gender-biased church cultures, in secular society, as well as in balancing the call of God through strong marriages and families. Not just for women, this book is also for Christian men and church leaders who should know how women can best fulfill their role and destiny in His Kingdom.
Category: Religion

The Spirit Book

Author : Raymond Buckland
ISBN : 9781578593088
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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The fascinating history of Spiritualism is coaxed into the material realm as the object of this perceptive and sweeping overview by that legendary author of the occult and supernatural, Raymond Buckland. Containing more than 500 entries and 100 illustrations, The Spirit Book is the comprehensive encyclopedia to Spiritualism and its related subjects. Plus it provides full biographies of every prominent person connected to the field. Drawing on decades of research, writing, and transcendence, Buckland describes sundry methods of channeling, events associated with Spiritualism, including séances and exorcism, organizations focused on clairvoyance, and a colorful host of mortals—famous and infamous—who delved into Spiritualism. Nostradamus, Helena Blavatsky, and Edgar Cayce receive their due, as well as Joan of Arc, William Blake, Susan B. Anthony, Winston Churchill, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mahatma Gandhi, Harry Houdini, and Mae West (look up and see her sometime). It explores Qabbalah, Sibyls, Fairies, Poltergeists; phenomena such as intuition and karma; objects useful in the attempt to cross the divide, including tarot cards, flower reading, and runes; and related practices such as Shamanism, transfiguration, meditation, and mesmerism.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Smashed

Author : Koren Zailckas
ISBN : 9781446490891
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The day Koren turned fourteen she tasted alcohol for the first time. At fifteen she was piecing together forgotten fragments of drink, men and misplaced clothes. At sixteen she was being carried through hospital doors unconscious. And so it began... Brought up by loving parents in a stable middle-class home, Koren was a sweet and altogether normal child. Yet from her mid-teens until her early twenties, she thought nothing of regularly drinking herself into a state of amnesia. Alcohol became her safeguard and prop, providing her with a self-confidence she couldn't otherwise feel. And whilst drinking to excess was perfectly acceptable, even actively encouraged, amongst her friends, it quickly reached a destructive monotony that bordered on dependency. It took a number of terrifying incidents - from stumbling home alone covered in vomit to waking up naked in bed unsure of whether she had lost her virginity - before Koren could finally say to herself enough was enough and seek help for her problem. Smashed is the shocking but all-too-recognisable story of a young woman coming of age within a society that finds it easier to turn a blind eye to binge-drinking than address the problem head on. Beautifully written and brutally honest, compelling without preaching, this is a book that demands to be read.
Category: Biography & Autobiography