By Andrew Hodges
What It’s About: One of the (mostly) unsung gay heroes of the 20th century, British mathematician Alan Turing helped turn the tide of WWII by cracking the Nazi code, and is considered the father of modern computer science. But his subsequent mistreatment for being gay—and his untimely death—give the book a tragic tinge. This classic biography has just been reissued for what would have been Turing’s 100th birthday.
Beach Burn: Enigma might seem too weighty for a summertime read but, hey, you’ll get your gay history in—and look brainy to boot.