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The Wives of Los Alamos

by TaraShea Nesbit

The Wives of Los Alamos
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    Feb 2014, 240 pages
    Jan 2015, 240 pages

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Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project

During World War II an isolated area in the American Southwest became the primary research and development site for the creation of the most destructive force in human history. As part of the Allied mission to vanquish the threat of the German nuclear development program, scientists and engineers built the atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. This top-secret endeavor had a code name: the Manhattan Project, which TaraShea Nesbit explores from a collective women's point of view in her debut novel, The Wives of Los Alamos. The project received its code name in late 1941. The term came about because the program started under the Manhattan Engineering District of the War Department.

Los Alamos Before the Los Alamos site was chosen, research was conducted at Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California at Berkeley. By mid-1942 the Army Corps of Engineers was put in charge of the project. General Leslie Groves was selected in September as its military head.


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