The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

Denise Kiernan (Author)
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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 nonf

Product Details

Price
$17.00  $15.64
Publisher
Atria Books
Publish Date
March 11, 2014
Pages
373
Dimensions
6.0 X 1.1 X 8.8 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781451617535

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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.

Reviews

"Denise Kiernan recreates, with cinematic vividness and clarity, the surreal Orwell-meets-Margaret Atwood environment of Oak Ridge as experienced by some of the women who were there: secretaries, technicians, a nurse, a statistician, a leak pipe inspector, a chemist, and a janitor."--DailyBeast.com
"As most of us are all too aware, the generation who fought in World War II or supported the effort from home are leaving us -- their children, grandchildren, and greats -- to carry on without them. Thanks to author Kiernan, we hear from a group of that generation's women, now in their eighties and nineties, whose wartime experience matched no one else's. Ever. Anywhere."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"I love these kinds of books, and this is a great one....It's a phenomenal story."--Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
"Fascinating ... Kiernan has amassed a deep reservoir of intimate details of what life was like for women living in the secret city, gleaned from seven years of interviews and research. ... Rosie, it turns out, did much more than drive rivets."--The Washington Post
"Kiernan's focus is on the intimate and often strange details of work and life at Oak Ridge. It's told in a novelistic style and is an intimate look at the experiences of the young women who worked at Oak Ridge and the local residents whose lives were changed by the presence of the project."--The San Francisco Book Review
"A lively story about the tens of thousands of women who made the bomb -- from the power-plant janitor struggling each day through the mud to the exiled physicist in Sweden -- The Girls of Atomic City offers a bottom-up history revealing that the atomic bomb was not simply the product of J. Robert Oppenheimer's genius, but also of the work of women at every level of education and class."--BrainPickings.org
"Kiernan's book, the result of seven years of research and interviews with the surviving 'girls, ' sparkles with their bright, WWII slang and spirit, and takes readers behind the scenes into the hive-like encampments and cubicles where they spent their days and nights....The Girls of Atomic City brings to light a forgotten chapter in our history that combines a vivid, novelistic story with often troubling science."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The Girls of Atomic City is the best kind of nonfiction: marvelously reported, fluidly written, and a remarkable story about a remarkable group of women who performed clandestine and vital work during World War II. Denise Kiernan recreates this forgotten chapter in American history in a work as meticulous and brilliant as it is compulsively readable."--Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City
"Kiernan...brings a unique and personal perspective to this key part of American history....Instead of the words of top scientists and government officials, Kiernan recounts the experiences of factory workers, secretaries, and low-level chemists in a town that housed at its peak 75,000 people trained not to talk about what they knew or what they did. She combines their stories with detailed reporting that provides a clear and compelling picture of this fascinating time."--The Boston Globe
"The image of Rosie the Riveter -- women filling in at factories to help the war effort -- is well known. But women also assisted on the Manhattan Project, signing up for secret work in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to help build the atomic bomb. Kiernan looks at the lives and contributions of these unsung women who worked in jobs from secretaries to chemists."--New York Post
"Kiernan's accounts ring with authenticity....The Girls of Atomic City is fascinating."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A fresh take on the secret city built in the mountains of Tennessee as part of the Manhattan Project during World War II... An inspiring account of how people can respond with their best when called upon."--Kirkus Reviews
"Kiernan snugly fits original research into the creation story of Oak Ridge and should engage readers interested in both women's history and the background of the atomic bomb."--Booklist
"This intimate and revealing glimpse into one of the most important scientific developments in history will appeal to a broad audience."--Publishers Weekly
"Great, relevant, readable."----The Washingtonian
"Kiernan has contributed a new and vital chapter to studies of American political development and women and politics."--American Political Science Association