AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Codebreaker tells the story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, a groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped develop the codebreaking methods that led to the creation of the powerful new science of cryptology.
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This woman should have statues dedicated to her all over this country and the rest of the world. Her genius, courage, perseverance, and just plain talent saved more American lives than anyone I can think of during and between both World Wars. Yet, she is unknown to most of us. Talk about stolen valor, J. Edgar Hoover is not only a thief of that honor but actually caused the deaths of thousands of Americans in sacrifice to his vainglory. Hoover is as true a villain as she and her husband are heroes and yet, Hoover is still well regarded while she is ignored. Hopefully this documentary goes a little way to correcting this monstrous injustice.
In addition to learning about her varied contributions to the country, I also found it informative on how society related to a very successful and independent woman during that time frame. I am really appalled that the government would not make sure that she would at least get paid adequately for her to retire. So sad that women are still today not getting paid the same amount as men for the same performance...
Wow says it all. A great piece of American history finally is unclassified for us to read to today. It is the riveting story of a woman with a knack for reading coded messages. It's not a Bond thriller, but it have moments that equal the real life drama of espionage. Definitely recommend -
Wow such a beautiful, powerful and fascinating True story of love. The love that the couple had for each other and the love they each had for America. And to learn that cryptography began in America due to the whim of an eccentric millionaire who thought that Shakespeare's work was somehow encrypted, and actually authored by someone else; thus he hired Elizabeth Smith as a codebreaker at his private think-tank facility in Illinois which then provided training and services to the Coast Guard and Navy at the hand of Elizabeth's leadership. And J Edgar Hoover rode the giant tidal wave of her success for many years, taking all the credit, although she was sworn to top secret silence for the rest of her life. So sad. But I am so glad for her existence. Before this, I was not even aware of the level of infiltration the Nazis had in S. America. I am so glad for her. So glad.