A BOOK REVIEW OF THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WOMEN WHO HELPED WIN WORLD WAR II
BY DENISE KIERNAN
Mr. Day’s History 202
Northeast Alabama Community College
July 21, 2015
Kiernan, Denise. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story Of The Women Who Helped Win World War II. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2013.
Secrets. There have always been secrets when it comes to the military and government. In her book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story Of The Women Who Helped Win World War II, Denis Kiernan tells the story of one of the biggest, most important secret of American history. The Atomic Bomb. And how it was brought to life in a secret ...view middle of the document...
The secrets unbeknown to even them would change their lives and the world around them. In The Girls of Atomic City, there is also a parallel story of how the scientists of the world came to the conclusion of the energy that would be produced by splitting the atom, and how uranium could be enriched to fuel the first Atomic bomb and how that effort could help bring a faster end to World War II. That process started at site X in Oak Ridge, Tn. with the workers of the secret city enriching the uranium. The story is about the brave young women and how they felt an obligation and pride to do their duty in the war effort. Kiernan writes of one young woman, “and with not one but two brothers fighting overseas, Celia felt something that overrode any misgivings: Purpose. Duty. If doing her part meant leaving home for some unknown, godforsaken place, then that’s what she would do.” (Kiernan, 11).
In her book, Kiernan supplies significant amounts of information. At the beginning there is a list of the women, other people of note, places, and things with significance related to the book. There is a map, from Clinton Engineer Works, of the city of Oak Ridge, Tn. In her note section, which has 31 pages, at the back of the book each chapter has a section that contains notes, bibliographies, websites...