The Wives of Los Alamos

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Hardcover, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2014, ISBN13 9781620405031, ISBN10 1620405032

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Their average age was twenty-five. They came from Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, London, Chicagoand arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure, or at least resigned to it. But hope quickly turned to hardship as they were forced to adapt to a rugged military town where everything was a secret, including what their husbands were doing at the lab. They lived in barely finished houses with P.O. box addresses in a town wreathed with barbed wire, all for the benefit of a project that didnt exist as far as the public knew. Though they were strangers, they joined togetheradapting to a landscape as fierce as it was absorbing, full of the banalities of everyday life and the drama of scientific discovery.

And while the bomb was being invented, babies were born, friendships were forged, children grew up, and Los Alamos gradually transformed from an abandoned school on a hill into a real community: one that was strained by the words they couldnt say out loud, the letters they couldnt send home, the freedom they didnt have. But the end of the war would bring even bigger challenges to the people of Los Alamos, as the scientists and their families struggled with the burden of their contribution to the most destructive force in the history of mankind.

The Wives of Los Alamos is a novel that sheds light onto one of the strangest and most monumental research projects in modern history. It's a testament to a remarkable group of women who carved out a life for themselves, in spite of the chaos of the war and the shroud of intense secrecy.

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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publish Date: Feb 25, 2014
ISBN-13: 9781620405031
ISBN-10: 1620405032
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.82
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.0
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