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The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II (MP3 CD)
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At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians many of them young women from small towns across the South were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed.
Drawing on the voices of the women who lived it women who are now in their eighties and nineties "The Girls of Atomic City" rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of American history from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage. Combining the grand-scale human drama of "The Worst Hard Time" with the intimate biography and often troubling science of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," "The Girls of Atomic City" is a lasting and important addition to our country's history.
About the Author
Denise Kiernan is the author of Signing Their Lives Away and Signing their Rights Away. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Discover, Ms., and other national publications.
Original bio sent from Cassandra:
Cassandra Campbell began doing voice overs as the voice for Calvin Klein s Italian commercials. This was followed by commercial and documentary recording in both English and Italian. She has recorded many audiobooks and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie(r) Award nomination. As an actress and director, she has worked at the Public, the Mint, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stagewest, Theatreworks, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Millmountain Theatre, the National Shakespeare Company, and the New York Fringe Festival.