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The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies

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Dey Street Books #ad - 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. Government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking.

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. 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.

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies #ad - 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. National bestsellernpr 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 timesjoining 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.

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Here Be Dragons: A Novel Welsh Princes Trilogy Book 1

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - Thirteenth-century wales is a divided country, ever at the mercy of England's ruthless, power-hungry King John. The book that began the trilogy that includes Falls the Shadow and The Reckoning, Here Be Dragons brings thirteenth-century England, and Wales to tangled, France, tempestuous life. But as john's attentions turn again and again to subduing Wales-and Llewelyn-Joanna must decide where her love and loyalties truly lie.

Here Be Dragons: A Novel Welsh Princes Trilogy Book 1 #ad - The turbulent clashes of two disparate worlds and the destinies of the individuals caught between them spring to life in this magnificent novel of power and passion, loyalty and lies. Llewelyn, prince of north wales, secures an uneasy truce by marrying the English king's beloved illegitimate daughter, Joanna, who slowly grows to love her charismatic and courageous husband.

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Nancy Wake Biography Revised Edition

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HarperCollins #ad - Her network was soon so successful - and so notorious - that she was forced to flee France to escape the Gestapo, who had dubbed her "the white mouse" for her knack of slipping through its traps. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. Supplying weapons and training members of a powerful underground fighting force, organising Allied parachute drops, cycling four hundred kilometres across a mountain range to find a new transmitting radio - nothing seemed too difficult in her fight against the Nazis.

As a naïve, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. But nancy was a passionate enemy of the Nazis and refused to stay away. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers, perfectly camouflaged by Nancy's high-society life in Marseille.

Nancy Wake Biography Revised Edition #ad - By the end of the second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. In the early 1930s, nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. The number one bestselling biography of our greatest war heroine - over 84, 000 copies sold in its first two formats. Peter fitzsimons reveals Nancy Wake's compelling story, a tale of an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things.

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Love and Other Consolation Prizes: A Novel

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Ballantine Books #ad - Vibrantly rendered. Booklist    “combining rich narrative and literary qualities, the book achieves a multi-faceted emotional resonance. Based on a true story, Love and Other Consolation Prizes will warm your soul. Martha hall kelly, author of Lilac Girls. Fifty years later, ernest struggles to help his ailing wife reconcile who she once was with who she wanted to be, in the shadow of Seattle’s second World’s Fair, while trying to keep family secrets hidden from their grown-up daughters.

Highly recommended. Historical novel society editors’ choice“Ford is a master at shining light into dark, forgotten corners of history and revealing the most unexpected and relatable human threads. From the bestselling author of hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair.

Love and Other Consolation Prizes: A Novel #ad - An evocative, heartfelt, beautifully crafted story that shines a light on a fascinating, tragic bit of forgotten history. Kristin hannah, a charity student at a boarding school, author of The Nightingale For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, the chance to go to the World’s Fair feels like a gift. A laudable effort that shines light on little known histories.

Library journal   “Poignant.

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The House at the Edge of Night: A Novel

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Random House #ad - Amedeo esposito, a foundling from florence, finds his destiny on the island with his beautiful wife, grace, Pina, whose fierce intelligence, and unwavering love guide her every move. A perfect summer read that brims with heart. An indiscretion tests their marriage, and their children—three sons and an inquisitive daughter—grow up and struggle with both humanity’s cruelty and its capacity for love and mercy.

. Catherine banner’s four-generation saga is set on an island near Sicily, where myths of saints get served up with limoncello at the Esposito family’s bar. The people of castellamare are transformed by two world wars and a great recession, by the threat of fascism and their deep bonds of passion and friendship, and by bitter rivalries and the power of forgiveness.

The House at the Edge of Night: A Novel #ad - . Captivating and beautifully rendered. Sara gruen, author of At the Water’s Edge. At the center of the island’s life is a café draped with bougainvillea called the House at the Edge of Night, where the community gathers to gossip and talk.

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Eye of the Needle: A Novel

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Penguin Books #ad - Eye of the Needle: A Novel #ad - The worldwide phenomenon from the bestselling author of The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and A Column of FireHis code name was “The Needle. He was a german aristocrat of extraordinary intelligence—a master spy with a legacy of violence in his blood, and the object of the most desperate manhunt in history.

.  . But his fate lay in the hands of a young and vulnerable English woman, whose loyalty, if swayed, would assure his freedom—and win the war for the Nazis.

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In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

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Harper #ad - Francesca thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War. Dr. In a london shadowed by barrage balloons, bomb shelters and the threat of invasion, within days another former Belgian refugee is found murdered.

And as maisie delves deeper into the killings of the dispossessed from the “last war, " a new kind of refugee — an evacuee from London — appears in Maisie's life. A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander. Maureen corrigan, npr's fresh Air, on Maisie DobbsSunday September 3rd 1939.

In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel #ad - At the moment prime minister neville chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain’s declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. The little girl billeted at maisie’s home in kent does not, speak, or cannot, and the authorities do not know who the child belongs to or who might have put her on the “Operation Pied Piper” evacuee train.

They know only that her name is Anna. As maisie’s search for the killer escalates, the country braces for what is to come. Britain is approaching its gravest hour — and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own.

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The Boat Runner: A Novel

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Harper Perennial #ad - But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys’ father naively sends his sons to a Hitler Youth Camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory. When war breaks out, Jacob’s world is thrown into chaos. National bestseller in the tradition of all the light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during the perilousness of World War II.

Beginning in the summer of 1939, edwin, fourteen-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem. Epic in scope and featuring a thrilling narrative with precise, elegant language, The Boat Runner tells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrown into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad.

The Boat Runner: A Novel #ad - On days when they aren’t playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their Uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. The boat runner follows jacob over the course of four years, through the forests of France, the stormy beaches of England, and deep within the secret missions of the German Navy, where he is confronted with the moral dilemma that will change his life—and his life’s mission—forever.

Through one boy’s harrowing tale of personal redemption, here is a novel about the power of people’s stories and voices to shine light through our darkest days, until only love prevails.     .

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Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany

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Crown #ad - Always a fighter, marthe joined the French Army and became a member of the intelligence service of the French First Army. Marthe, using her perfect german accent and blond hair to pose as a young German nurse who was desperately trying to obtain word of a fictional fiancé, would slip behind enemy lines to retrieve inside information about Nazi troop movements.

. As the nazi occupation escalated, marthe’s sister was arrested and sent to Auschwitz and the rest of her family was forced to flee to the south of France. The amazing story of a woman who lived through one of the worst times in human history, losing family members to the Nazis but surviving with her spirit and integrity intact.

Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany #ad - Publishers weeklymarthe cohn was a young Jewish woman living just across the German border in France when Hitler rose to power. Her family sheltered jews fleeing the Nazis, including Jewish children sent away by their terrified parents. At its heart, this remarkable memoir is the tale of an ordinary human being who, under extraordinary circumstances, became the hero her country needed her to be.

But soon her homeland was also under Nazi rule. By traveling throughout the countryside and approaching troops sympathetic to her plight--risking death every time she did so--she learned where they were going next and was able to alert Allied commanders. When, the médaille militaire, at the age of eighty, Marthe Cohn was awarded France’s highest military honor, not even her children knew to what extent this modest woman had helped defeat the Nazi empire.

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When the Music's Over: An Inspector Banks Novel Inspector Banks Series Book 24

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William Morrow #ad - A baffling murder on a remote country lane puts alan banks and his team to the test in the detective’s most intense and gripping case yet – from an author hailed by Louise Penny as “a writer at the top of his game. With detective inspector annie cabbot investigating the young woman’s death, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Banks finds himself taking on the coldest of cases: a fifty-year-old assault allegedly perpetrated by beloved celebrity Danny Caxton.

. Now caxton stands accused at the center of a media storm, and it’s Banks’ job to discover the shocking truth. As more women step forward with accounts of caxton’s manipulation, powerful, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence – as the investigation leads him down the darkest of paths…Suspenseful, and surprising, When the Music’s Over is the finest novel to date from one of the foremost suspense writers at work today.

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . . with Wings

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Crown #ad - After many years as an odd-jobber in the area, he accepted work as a housekeeper for an elderly woman. He succeeds to such a degree that he becomes the local wild parrot expert and a tourist attraction. He’d gone to san francisco at the age of twenty-one to take a stab at a music career, but he hadn’t had much success.

. The gig came with a rent-free studio apartment on the city’s famed Telegraph Hill, which had somehow become home to a flock of brilliantly colored wild parrots. When a documentary filmmaker comes along to capture the phenomenon on film, the story takes a surprising turn, and Bittner’s life truly takes flight.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . . with Wings #ad - From the Hardcover edition. People can’t help gawking at the man who, during daily feedings, stands with parrots perched along both arms and atop his head. In this unforgettable story, Bittner recounts how he became fascinated by the birds and made up his mind to get to know them and gain their trust. Mark bittner was down on his luck.

The wild parrots of telegraph hill is the inspiring story of how one man found his life’s work—and true love—among a gang of wild parrots roosting in one of America’s most picturesque urban settings.

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