AUTHORHunner, Jon
TITLEInventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community
PUBLISHERUniversity of Oklahoma Press
CITYNorman, OK
DATE PUBLISHED2004
ISBN0-8061-3634-0


This work addresses the social environment of Los Alamos, New Mexico, the birthplace of the first atomic bombs. The author presents a readable account of the establishment and growth from World War II to 2004 of the community in which scientists and engineers worked to develop nuclear weapons. The challenges of creating a secret town located in the mountains of Northern New Mexico are described in interesting detail, including housing, medical services and education. Conditions which strained family life are described, as well as the shifting political views of the community during the post-war period. The narrative also treats the integration of highly trained scientists, skilled technicians, members of the U.S. Army, and native Americans. The text is well documented with footnotes and an extensive bibliography.


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