Breaking the Code

Breaking the Code

A Father's Secret, A Daughter's Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything

Book - 2011
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On his 81st birthday, without explanation, Karen Fisher-Alaniz's father placed two weathered notebooks on her lap. Inside were more than 400 pages of letters he'd written to his parents during WWII. She began reading them, and the more she read, the more she discovered about the man she never knew.

They began to meet for lunch every week, for her to ask him questions, and him to provide the answers. It was through this process that she discovered thesecret role he played in WWII. Karen's father was part of a small and elite group of men who were trained to copy and break top-secret Japanese code transmitted in Katakana.

Through this journey, with painful memories now at the forefront of his thoughts, Karen's father began to suffer, making their meetings as much about healing as discovery. Thus began an unintended journey-one taken by a father and daughter who thought they knew each other-as they became newly bound inways that transcended age and time.
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2011.
ISBN: 9781402261121
Branch Call Number: 940.5486 FISHER-A
Characteristics: xiv, 316 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.


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Aug 31, 2018

A different perspective of a World War II veteran. This veteran served minimal active duty, but was essential to the war effort, as he was a code breaker of a Japanese dialect. The veteran who was the subject of this book just recently passed away in December of 2017.

Jun 06, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. The daughter of a WWII vet shares letter that he sent home and helps him deal with the tragedies that he saw in the war. It really help me put army life in Hawaii after the Pearl Harbor into perspective.


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