The Untold Story of The Women who Helped Win World War II, by Denise Kiernan.
Here is what Bas Bleu writes about this book.
World War II was raging in Europe when, in a remote valley in East Tennessee, the U.S. government began construction on a secret military complex. The compound at Oak Ridge was built for a single purpose: to enrich enough uranium to fuel an atomic bomb. Yet with so many men fighting overseas, it fell to America's women to staff the sprawling complex as janitors, secretaries, machine operators, instructors, nurses, mathematicians, and scientists. This fascinating biography finally brings their stories -- and their history-making service -- to light.
It had never crossed my mind who built the atomic bomb much less how they did it. This book was absolutely fascinating to me! Denise tells the story of these remarkable young women and their day to day lives as they are working to enrich uranium and racing to build the first atomic bomb. Chapters alternate between the perspective of each of the characters who played very different roles. They tell why they want this terrible war to end and the impact it has had on their family. From world renowned scientists to nurses to janitors, the individual stories come to light.
I loved this book and definitely recommend it!
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