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A Life in Code: Pioneer Cryptanalyst Elizebeth Smith Friedman
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G. Stuart Smith
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A Life in Code: Pioneer Cryptanalyst Elizebeth Smith Friedman

G. Stuart Smith


McFarland and Company

Coding theory & cryptology;
History of the Americas;
Second World War;
Gender studies: women


30 pages

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Protesters called it an act of war when the U.S. Coast Guard sank a Canadian-flagged vessel in the Gulf of Mexico in 1929. It took a cool-headed codebreaker solving a trunk-full of smugglers' encrypted messages to get Uncle Sam out of the mess: Elizebeth Smith Friedman's groundbreaking work helped prove the boat was owned by American gangsters. This book traces the career of a legendary U.S. law enforcement agent, from her work for the Allies during World War I through Prohibition, when she faced danger from mobsters while testifying in high profile trials. Friedman founded the cryptanalysis unit that provided evidence against American rum runners and Chinese drug smugglers. During World War II, her decryptions brought a Japanese spy to justice and her Coast Guard unit solved the Enigma ciphers of German spies. Friedman's all source intelligence model is still used by law enforcement and counterterrorism agencies against 21st century threats.

By:   G. Stuart Smith
Imprint:   McFarland and Company
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781476669182
ISBN 10:   147666918X
Pages:   30
Publication Date:   May 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

G. Stuart Smith is a journalism professor at Hofstra University. As a television reporter and videographer he won awards for investigative and feature reporting as well as videography. He lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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