The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II (Paperback)
Title: The Girls of Atomic City
The "Gadget"; stuff coming in, nothing going out; people-girls, guys, the scientists, mechanic cleaners, plumbers- all working around the clock in Oak Ridge City, a city unto itself.
The project? No one knew. Everyone had a specific job, no talking about your work but these 75,000 people came to make money AND try to end the war.
A great historical read about WWII and the making of the bomb. Time goes by quickly as you become part of the life in Oak Ridge. Day to Day - lines for shopping, eating, recreation, dances, and activities; family life with children and of course a little romantic pursuits! Kiesnan brings the little known part of the "bomb"- to the reality of making the "Gadget".
Life in Oak Ridge- the mud and the job.— From Linda
The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback--an incredible true story of the top-secret World War II town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb.
"The best kind of nonfiction: marvelously reported, fluidly written, and a remarkable story...As meticulous and brilliant as it is compulsively readable." --Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City
At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, and consumed more electricity than New York City, yet it was shrouded in such secrecy that it did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of them young women from small towns across the U.S., were recruited to this secret city, enticed by the promise of solid wages and war-ending work. What were they actually doing there? Very few knew. The purpose of this mysterious government project was kept a secret from the outside world and from the majority of the residents themselves. Some wondered why, despite the constant work and round-the-clock activity in this makeshift town, did no tangible product of any kind ever seem to leave its guarded gates? The women who kept this town running would find out at the end of the war, when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed and changed the world forever.
Drawing from the voices and experiences of the women who lived and worked in Oak Ridge, The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of World War II from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage. "A phenomenal story," and Publishers Weekly called it an "intimate and revealing glimpse into one of the most important scientific developments in history."
"Kiernan has amassed a deep reservoir of intimate details of what life was like for women living in the secret city...Rosie, it turns out, did much more than drive rivets." --The Washington Post
About the Author
Denise Kiernan is the author of Signing Their Lives Away and Signing their Rights Away. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Discover, Ms., and other national publications. www.girlsofatomiccity.com.