March 17, 2022
The Woman All Spies Fear: Code Breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Hidden Life
In the summer of 1916, a young woman from Indiana set out to solve a mystery that involved an oddball millionaire, a volume of Shakespeare’s plays, and the secret world of codes and ciphers. Within a year, she had transformed herself into one of America’s top code breakers.
Despite her fame, she was a woman of many secrets, and later she was pushed into the shadows. To get the true measure of her hidden life, you must delve deep, the way a code breaker would. In this talk, award-winning historian Amy Butler Greenfield sifts the truth from the misdirections and myths, revealing new aspects of this astonishing woman’s hidden life. Image Courtesy of the George C. Marshall Foundation.