BRC Book Group Discussion, Wednesday, April 18
The next Bellevue Rotary Book Group discussion will be Wednesday, April 18, from 7:00‑9:00PM. Thanks to Elaine Heller for offering to host this meeting. The next book for discussion will be “The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies,” by Jason Fagone.
If you have an ODD numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
If you (your partner) plan on participating, please RSVP to Margaret Doman.
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER, NPR Best Book of 2017
From the Back Cover
In 1916, a young Quaker schoolteacher and poetry scholar named Elizebeth Smith was hired by an eccentric tycoon to find the secret messages he believed were embedded in Shakespeare’s plays. She moved to the tycoon’s lavish estate outside of Chicago expecting to spend her days poring through old books. But the rich man’s close ties to the U.S. Government, and the urgencies of war, quickly transformed Elizebeth’s mission. She soon learned to apply her skills to an exciting new venture: codebreaking — the solving of secret messages without knowledge of the key. Working alongside her on the estate was William Friedman, a Jewish scientist who would become her husband and lifelong codebreaking partner. Elizebeth and William were in many ways the Adam and Eve of the National Security Agency, the U.S. institution that monitors and intercepts foreign communications to glean intelligence.