Full Title: The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
Page Count: 386
Publication Date: 2013
Summary: You probably already know that World War II ended with the atomic bombing of Japan, but have you ever wondered how the United States got to that point? How were the atomic bombs created? Who were the scientists who discovered nuclear fission? Who worked in the factories in a small town in Tennessee to purify the plutonium and uranium needed to fuel the bombs? This true story follows the lives of the key players (many of them women) who helped set in motion one of the largest scientific discoveries of the century.
Recommended: Yes, particularly if you are interested in World War II or women’s history. Be sure to check out the interactive links at the end of the book for more pictures and speeches as well as fun book club ideas.
Watch Out For: Racism and Segregation, Government-funded human experiments, two instances of the word “damn”
Noteworthy Excerpts: “When had Americans ever built a city whose sole purpose had to be kept secret, not only from the outside world but from the vast majority of its own inhabitants?” “He remembered the Secretary saying that the reason for the Project was to end the war, and to do so ‘more quickly than otherwise would be the case and thus to save American lives.”