“Chuck! Did you hear me? It’s a BOMB!!”
That was the incredulous reaction of one of the women of “atomic city” after learning that the project they had been working on…in absolute secrecy…for two years… was the bomb that would forever change the world.
Summer reading is supposed to be about entertainment and diversion. Everyone has a favorite novelist and I, too, read mostly fiction when I’m not researching. However, “The Girls of Atomic City” was prominently displayed at the library recently and I was intrigued by both the title and the cover picture.
The subtitle of the book is “The Untold Story of The Women Who Helped Win World War II”, but it is also the story of the extreme measures used by the military, the government, and a handful of scientists to achieve their goal of ending the war. It’s disturbing to realize the degree of secrecy involved, the lies that were told, the millions of dollars that were spent, and the people who were mistreated and killed in the process of creating the atomic bomb.
This period of history is not one that I’ve studied in depth, but the book appears to be carefully researched and is based on interviews and documents and sources that are noted at the end of the book. It is also indexed.
Some of you may be interested in the story, but don’t have the time or desire to read the book. Thankfully there is a website that tells much of the story and also has some incredible photos.