Some of the best nonfiction stories are the ones that take readers along a secret trail through a paved-over piece of history. It's a risky endeavor for an author, especially when writing about a topic was well-trod as World War II. But just when we thought we knew all there was to know comes Denise Kiernan's The Girls of Atomic City, which was just named one of our Best History Books of the Year So Far.
This New York Times bestseller tells the overlooked story of the young women who were shipped to a muddy, built-from-scratch town in Eastern Tennessee and, without knowing exactly what they were signing on for, contributed to the development of the atomic bomb. Over beers at Seattle's Brave Horse Tavern, Kiernan described the Aha! moment that prompted her to spend five researching the mysterious creation of this atomic city, and recreating the lives of the women who helped win the war.
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