AUTHORBartimus, Tad / McCartney, Scott
TITLETrinity's Children: Living Along America's Nuclear Highway
PUBLISHERHarcourt Brace Jovanovich
CITYSan Diego, CA

This book uses documentary evidence and oral accounts in its historical examination of "the Nuclear Highway" a 1,000-mile segment of Interstate 25 between southern New Mexico and central Wyoming. Moving south to north, two former Associated Press reporters juxtapose well-known background information on several major facilities in the national nuclear complex with fresh perspectives from people whose lives were affected by activities at these installations during the Cold War era. The goal, the authors write, is to examine "human conflicts interwoven with modern science" (p. 2) in a region "at ease with nature yet at odds with science" (p. 3). Among the nuclear sites and areas covered are, in New Mexico, White Sands Missile Range where the 1945 Trinity atomic test was conducted, Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Laboratory at Albuquerque, and Los Alamos National Laboratory near Santa Fe; in Colorado, Falcon Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain near Colorado Springs, and the now-closed Rocky Mountain Weapons Plant near Denver; and, in Wyoming, an area of missile silos between Cheyenne and Casper. In ending their journey the authors offer a mixed legacy: "the atomic bomb has altered the landscape and changed the people. It has robbed some of their life and their life savings, it has made fortunes for others" (p. 286).

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