Michigan War Studies Review
Reviews, surveys, original essays, and commentary in the field of military studies.
2018-046
1 June 2018
Review by Chris Christensen, Northern Kentucky University
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
By Liza Mundy
New York: Hachette, 2017. Pp. xiv, 416. ISBN 978–0–316–35253–6.
Descriptors: Volume 2018, 20th Century, World War II Print Version

In September 1941, as war with Japan was on the horizon and the United States was becoming more involved in the war in Europe, Admiral Leigh Noyes, Director of Naval Communications, wrote to Ada Comstock, president of Radcliffe College,[1] that the Navy was looking for female codebreakers. For over a year, the Navy had been quietly recruiting male intelligence officers from leading colleges and now was embarking on the same experiment with women. Noyes confided that the Navy wanted