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The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II - Denise Kiernan
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
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Now a New York Times Bestseller!THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY AT THE HEIGHT OF WORLD WAR II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians--many of them young women from small... show more
Now a New York Times Bestseller!THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY AT THE HEIGHT OF WORLD WAR II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians--many of them young women from small towns across the South--were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war--when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed. Drawing on the voices of the women who lived it--women who are now in their eighties and nineties-- The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of American history from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage. Combining the grand-scale human drama of The Worst Hard Time with the intimate biography and often troubling science of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Girls of Atomic City is a lasting and important addition to our country's history.As heard on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition.One of Goodreads' Most Popular Books of March 2013.One of Amazon's Editors' Picks for Best Books of the Month (History)One of Amazon's Editors' Picks for Best Books of the Month (Nonfiction)One of Amazon's Big Spring Books (History)
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781451617528 (1451617526)
Publisher: Touchstone/Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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"A Single Word ... "
"A Single Word ... " rated it
4.0 The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
An Amazing Read!!! This book takes us back in time and shows us the roles of several types of women in Oak Ridge, TN. We get a clear understanding of their hardships and how adaptable they are in less than ideal situations in a town that was growing faster than it's ability to accommendate the grow ...
"A Single Word ... "
"A Single Word ... " rated it
4.0 The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
An Amazing Read!!! This book takes us back in time and shows us the roles of several types of women in Oak Ridge, TN. We get a clear understanding of their hardships and how adaptable they are in less than ideal situations in a town that was growing faster than it's ability to accommendate the grow ...
Oliviate
Oliviate rated it
5.0 Inside the Secret.
This book really made me feel as if I knew what it felt like to live and work at Oak Ridge in the lead-up to the glorious, horrible end of World War II. Although I could have used a bit more clarity in the chronology, and certain events felt glossed over, the focus on women's experiences both at Oak...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
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3.0 Unclear intention
In WWII in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, thousands of civilians, many of them young women from small towns all over the south, were recruited to a secret city to work on an equally-secret project. It wasn't until the end of the way the women realized they'd been enriching uranium for the atomic bomb. An in...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
3.0 The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
I've been in a WWII frame of mind lately and I had ordered this book a few months ago, so I snagged it from my Jenga-like TBR pile and cracked it open over the weekend. I'm not a feminist by almost anybody's definition, but I've always been eager to read more about how women picked up and carried ...
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