By Denise Kiernan
The New York Times bestseller, now to be had in paperback—an marvelous real tale of the top-secret global conflict II city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the younger ladies introduced there unknowingly to aid construct the atomic bomb.
“The top type of nonfiction: marvelously pronounced, fluidly written, and a amazing story...As meticulous and very good because it is compulsively readable.” —Karen Abbott, writer of Sin within the moment City
At the peak of global warfare II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was once domestic to 75,000 citizens, and ate up extra electrical energy than big apple urban, but it used to be shrouded in such secrecy that it didn't seem on any map. millions of civilians, lots of them younger ladies from small cities around the united states, have been recruited to this mystery urban, enticed by way of the promise of reliable wages and war-ending paintings. What have been they really doing there? only a few knew. the aim of this mysterious executive venture used to be saved a mystery from the skin global and from the vast majority of the citizens themselves. a few puzzled why, regardless of the consistent paintings and round the clock task during this makeshift city, did no tangible fabricated from any style ever appear to go away its guarded gates? the ladies who saved this city operating may discover on the finish of the warfare, whilst Oak Ridge’s mystery was once printed and adjusted the area forever.
Drawing from the voices and studies of the ladies who lived and labored in Oak Ridge, The women of Atomic City rescues a outstanding, forgotten bankruptcy of global battle II from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the days via those girls: their pluck, their wish to give a contribution, and their enduring braveness. “A out of the ordinary story,” and Publishers Weekly known as it an “intimate and revealing glimpse into the most vital medical advancements in history.”
“Kiernan has accumulated a deep reservoir of intimate info of what lifestyles used to be like for girls residing within the mystery city...Rosie, it seems, did even more than force rivets.” —The Washington Post