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‘The Woman Who Smashed Codes’ taught her biographer cryptology after her death

September 13, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, reporting, writers, writing.

Journalist Jason Fagon, when he set out to write a biography of the extraordinary Elizebeth Friedman, America’s chief codebreaker during World War II, had an obstacle to overcome that most biographers don’t face: He had to learn cryptology, the art and science of secret writing. Fortunately, Fagon had a good teacher: Elizebeth Friedman herself. Friedman • Read More »

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RecentReads: Subversives: A sad, enraging tale

September 28, 2012 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

The story here is that J. Edgar Hoover and Ronald Reagan betrayed the nation. They weren’t agents of a foreign power. Instead, they became what they said they were fighting — subversives. They (and many others with them) actively undermined the laws and values of America to advance their own political agendas and to gain and maintain their political power.

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