Secret Agents, Secrets & Codes: WWII

Fri. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903


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Elliot Carlson (Stanley Johnston’s Blunder), Meredith Hindley (Destination Casablanca), and Liza Mundy (Code Girls) discuss their works that illuminate new aspects to the history of World War II.

Why should you attend?

“For years Stanley Johnston’s brazenness in publishing a purloined list of the Japanese fleet composition for the Battle of Midway has come out in dribs and drabs. Now, thanks to Elliot Carlson’s thorough, meticulous research and a substantial legal victory, we now have the whole story. The text draws together biographical material on Johnston, whom the author at times treats with sympathy and other times with scorn. The prose offers you-are-there immediacy at sea, in the Chicago Tribune newsroom, and in court. This is, without question, the definitive account of the Johnston-Tribune affair.” ―Paul Stillwell, Author of Battleship Arizona and Battleship Missouri

“Hindley’s warm, detailed writing style portrays the determination and resources that America brought to Casablanca, the continuing plight of refugees, the stirrings of Moroccan nationalism, and the moving saga of American singer Josephine Baker’s support for a free France. Extensively researched, this account is rife with personal accounts, political and diplomatic insights, and vivid depictions of the military process. Recommended for history buffs who will relish the author’s skilled presentation of a little-known theater in World War II.” ―Library Journal

Code Girls reveals a hidden army of female cryptographers, whose work played a crucial role in ending World War II. With clarity and insight, Mundy exposes the intertwined narratives of the women who broke codes and the burgeoning field of military intelligence in the 1940s. I cannot overstate the importance of this book; Mundy has rescued a piece of forgotten history, and given these American heroes the recognition they deserve.” ―Nathalia Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls