Word of Mouth
11:26 am
Thu May 9, 2013

The Girls Of Atomic City

Young female cubicle operators monitor the activity of the calutrons, the heart of the uranium electromagnetic separation process at Y-12
Young female cubicle operators monitor the activity of the calutrons, the heart of the uranium electromagnetic separation process at Y-12
Credit girlsofatomiccity.com

The story of the development and deployment of the atomic bomb is generally told as a narrative driven by powerful men like Oppenheimer, Truman, and Stimson, operating at the highest levels of government. What few people know is how many women played a crucial role – albeit unknowingly – in one of the most significant turning points in history. Denise Kiernan interviewed several women who worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – a secret, government-built town created as part of the Manhattan Project. Their stories, combined with detailed reporting, come together in her new book called The Girls of Atomic City.

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