The Girls of Atomic CitySubmitted by 1988vote on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 15:42
From Book Page, March 2013--
"The Girls of Atomic City details a story that seems impossible yet was true. Author Denise Kiernan brings a novelist's voice to her thoroughly researched look at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a small city that housed 75,000 people, used as much power as New York City, yet didn't exist on any map."
Check it out on Amazon; the book will be released March 5, 2013.
Most of the reviews on Amazon are from those who presuppose that bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki helped end the war, so there aren't any libertarian comments there.
What I found interesting as I read about the book (not being able to read it yet, if I choose to read it) is that these women were not told enough about the project to understand what they were really doing.
The reviews have a perspective of "look what the brave women accomplished", but what *I* read is that this is another hidden aspect of governmental mischief from WWII. This makes it apparent that Truman and his cronies had in mind to bomb Japanese civilians long before the end of the war; this secretive project makes it probable that Truman, et al. did not want American civilians to know about it.
So, overlook (if you look for the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere; I could only find Amazon; before deciding whether or not to read the book) the glowing praise for female courage during WWII and approval of the assumption that the bombs were 'necessary'--
This is one of those silent, recent proofs (note that the book is just now coming out, and it's been over 70 years since America entered WWII) that there was a lot more going on than most Americans realized.