From the author of the bestselling "Tuxedo Park" comes the story of those thousands who came to a secret desert, where the world's leading physicists raced to invent the atomic bomb and bring World War II to an end. Winner of the MPBA award for adult fiction.From the author of the bestselling "Tuxedo Park" comes the story of those thousands who came to a secret desert, where the world's leading physicists raced to invent the atomic bomb and bring World War II to an end. Winner of the MPBA award for adult fiction.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2005-03-07 Conant, author of the bestselling Tuxedo Park, offers a human look at the brilliant physicists who for more than two years, along with their families, lived, laughed, despaired and rejoiced in a secret, sequestered, for some claustrophobic city in the New Mexico desert. Despite its grand name, 109 East Palace was the nondescript office in Santa Fe that served as a gateway to the Los Alamos complex. The narrative is framed by the perspective of Dorothy McKibben, who, in running that office, issuing security passes and coordinating logistics, was, says Conant, the "gatekeeper" to the hidden world of Los Alamos. Conant focuses on the day-to-day experience of the scientists, technicians and families stationed at Los Alamos, fleshing out their history in unexpected ways. While her protagonists are brilliant men and women, they're also vibrant characters who chafe at authority, fall in love, argue over housing and drink to excess. Less about the science of building the bomb, the book highlights the creation of a unique place and time in which that bomb could be built, and Conant (the granddaughter of a Manhattan Project administrator) brings to life the colorful, eccentric town of thousands that sprang up on a New Mexico mesa and achieved the unthinkable. Agent, Christine Dahl. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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