AUTHORKiernan, Denise
TITLEThe Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2013
ISBN978-1-4516-1752-8
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Available online from GirlsofAtomicCity.com   (available with fee)


This book tells the stories of the remarkable women who worked at the Manhattan Project’s Clinton Engineering Works at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The well-researched, engaging narrative integrates the history and science of the secret site with the personal experiences of the participants. The author, a novelist, focuses on the unrecognized contributions of the women whose positions included secretary, statistician, chemist, janitor, leak inspector, and plant operators. She provides detailed descriptions of their work and lives in the closed city of Oak Ridge. The women did not know what the facility was producing until the dropping of the Hiroshima bomb, which contained the enriched uranium they helped to produce. A website associated with the book provides audio and video supplements and information about the author.


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