The fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst.

The Codebreaker American Experience

Premiered January 11, 2021
The Codebreaker

Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, The Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government.

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American Experience, TV's most-watched history series, brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.

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