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The Resource The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II, Denise Kiernan

The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II, Denise Kiernan

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The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II
Title
The girls of Atomic City
Title remainder
the untold story of the women who helped win World War II
Statement of responsibility
Denise Kiernan
Title variation
Girls of Atomic City: the secret history of the women who built WWII's most powerful weapon
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this book the author traces the story of the unsung World War II workers in Oak Ridge, Tennessee through interviews with dozens of surviving women and other Oak Ridge residents. This is the story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history. The Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One of the Manhattan Project's secret cities, it did not appear on any maps until 1949, and yet at the height of World War II it was using more electricity than New York City and was home to more than 75,000 people, many of them young women recruited from small towns across the South. Their jobs were shrouded in mystery, but they were buoyed by a sense of shared purpose, close friendships, and a surplus of handsome scientists and Army men. But against this wartime backdrop, a darker story was unfolding. The penalty for talking about their work, even the most innocuous details, was job loss and eviction. One woman was recruited to spy on her coworkers. They all knew something big was happening at Oak Ridge, but few could piece together the true nature of their work until the bomb "Little Boy" was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, and the secret was out. The shocking revelation: the residents of Oak Ridge were enriching uranium for the atomic bomb. Though the young women originally believed they would leave Oak Ridge after the war, many met husbands there, made lifelong friends, and still call the seventy-year-old town home. The reverberations from their work there, work they did not fully understand at the time, are still being felt today
Summary
The town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, boomed on U.S military-owned acreage between 1942-1944. Its electricity usage matched that of New York City, and its population reached 75,000 - yet it didn't appear on a single map during World War II. Many new residents were women, recruited at top-dollar wages for positions from chemists to couriers. Sworn to strict secrecy protocols, they were told only that their work would ensure a swift, final World War II victory. The nuclear blast at Hiroshima at last revealed their hidden roles. The Girls of Atomic City brilliantly illuminates a long-overlooked chapter of both World War II and women's history. - Description by Kimberly S. Burton
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Writing style
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10170174
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
976.8/73
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F444.O3
LC item number
K54 2013b
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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the untold story of the women who helped win World War II
Label
The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II, Denise Kiernan
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Publication
Note
"A Touchstone Book"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-347) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • One about the fireflies--. Tubealloy : pumpkins, spies, and chicken soup, Fall 1944
  • Unspoken : sweethearts and secrets. Tubealloy : combining efforts in the New Year
  • Curiosity and silence. Tubealloy : the project's crucial spring
  • Innocence lost. Tubealloy : hope and the haberdasher, April-May 1945
  • Sand jumps in the desert, July 1945
  • Gadget revealed
  • Dawn of a thousand suns
  • Life in the new age
  • Revelation, August 1945
  • Everything will be taken care of : train to nowhere, August 1943. Tubealloy : the Bohemian Grove to the Appalachian Hills, September 1942
  • Peaches and pearls : the taking of Site X, Fall 1942. Tubealloy : Ida and the atom, 1934
  • Through the gates : Clinton Engineer Works, Fall 1943. Tubealloy : Lise and fission, 1938
  • Bull pens and creeps : the Project's welcome for new employees. Tubealloy : Leona and success in Chicago, December 1942
  • Only temporary : spring into Summer, 1944. Tubealloy : the quest for product
  • To work. Tubealloy : the couriers
  • Rhythms of life. Tubealloy : Security, censorship, and the press
Control code
19993206
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
Extent
xvii, 373 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781451617528
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, portraits
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn796757323
  • (OCoLC)796757323
Label
The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II, Denise Kiernan
Publication
Note
"A Touchstone Book"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-347) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • One about the fireflies--. Tubealloy : pumpkins, spies, and chicken soup, Fall 1944
  • Unspoken : sweethearts and secrets. Tubealloy : combining efforts in the New Year
  • Curiosity and silence. Tubealloy : the project's crucial spring
  • Innocence lost. Tubealloy : hope and the haberdasher, April-May 1945
  • Sand jumps in the desert, July 1945
  • Gadget revealed
  • Dawn of a thousand suns
  • Life in the new age
  • Revelation, August 1945
  • Everything will be taken care of : train to nowhere, August 1943. Tubealloy : the Bohemian Grove to the Appalachian Hills, September 1942
  • Peaches and pearls : the taking of Site X, Fall 1942. Tubealloy : Ida and the atom, 1934
  • Through the gates : Clinton Engineer Works, Fall 1943. Tubealloy : Lise and fission, 1938
  • Bull pens and creeps : the Project's welcome for new employees. Tubealloy : Leona and success in Chicago, December 1942
  • Only temporary : spring into Summer, 1944. Tubealloy : the quest for product
  • To work. Tubealloy : the couriers
  • Rhythms of life. Tubealloy : Security, censorship, and the press
Control code
19993206
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
Extent
xvii, 373 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781451617528
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, portraits
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn796757323
  • (OCoLC)796757323

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