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A BOOK REVIEW OF THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WOMEN WHO HELPED WIN WORLD WAR II
BY DENISE KIERNAN
Stacey Warden
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 city by the young men and mostly women that came to a town created from scratch in 1942, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Denise Kiernan started out as a journalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Discover, and many other national publications. Her previous history titles include Signing Their Lives Away and Signing Their Rights Away. (Kiernan, 373). In writing this book Denise Kiernan did significant research for a total of 9 years. According to Kiernan, “a number of texts, original documents, and audio and video resources were consulted during the researching and writing of this book.” (Kiernan, 317). Kiernan interviewed the women of Atomic City from 2009 to 2012, making several trips to Oak Ridge, Tn. Denise Kiernan writes from an objective point of view. Her writing style is very personable and readable. The reader becomes engaged in the lives and wellbeing of the young women. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story Of The Women Who Helped Win World War II, is the life story of Celia Szapka, Toni Peters, Jane Greer, Kattie Strickland, Virginia Spivey, Colleen Rowan, Dorothy Jones, Helen Hall and…...

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