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Sunday Scoop

The Girls of Atomic City

By  Denise Kiernan


I hope that everyone had a great Fourth of July!! I was able to spend it with my best friend Ying at her family cookout. Good friends and good food that’s what holidays are for!! I am still trying to get back into the swing of things after vacation. The kitchen needs cleaned and someone needs to get some groceries soon. Oh, and it looks cloudy like rain here. We have been having rain off an on for the last few days it is so humid. Enough whining, now back to the business of books.

Today’s book is The Girls of Atomic City. This is a new book recently released from Touchstone Books of Simon and Schuster Co.. I obtained it for free from NetGalley. This is a true story about the secret community established in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during World War II. Oak Ridge is hidden in the middle of the Appalachian mountains. Things went in, but nothing went out, very suspicious. The city was fenced in. What went on there? Who worked there? What were they making? Why all the secrecy?


Most of the workers there were women, because the men were off fighting the war. How did they keep all those women from talking? The women were screened before hiring and given little information. They were told only that it was work that would help end the war. They could not share information with their spouses or families. If they did they disappeared. While I had always heard about women who went to work during the war, I think that this is the first book I have read about the subject. These women were a unique form of Rosie the Riveter.


Pictures of housing at Oak Ridge

I thought that this was a great look at what the women went through. I am not going to pretend that I understood all the scientific stuff. The secret names and initials for things was a little confusing. It also included the women’s thoughts after they found out what the secret was and their feelings about it. There is no way that a secret like this could be kept today with cell phones, computers, tweeting and Facebook. We have become a tell everyone everything society. It was very engaging for a non-fiction book. Not dry at all. If you buy this book you might want to purchase the hard copy. My e-book did not include any pictures in it and they would have really added to the content. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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One thought on “Sunday Scoop

  1. I really liked that book too and do think the photos added to the story. I can’t believe those women were so trusting to go to Oak Ridge with so little information.

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