Hunner, Jon.

Inventing Los Alamos : the growth of an atomic community / Jon Hunner. - Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2004. - x, 288 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-276) and index.

Rendezvous at Site Y : the instant city -- Fishing in the desert with Fat Man : civic tension, atomic explosion -- Postwar Los Alamos : exodus, new growth, and invisible danger -- Los Alamos transformed : federal largesse and Red challenge -- A Cold War community up in arms : competition and conformity -- Toward normalizing Los Alamos : cracking the gates -- Atomic city in a hill : legacy and continuing research.

"Much has been written about scientific developments at Los Alamos, but until this book little has been said about the community that fostered them. Using government records and the personal accounts of early residents, Inventing Los Alamos traces the evolution of the town during its first fifteen years as home to a national laboratory and documents the momentous events that created the town, the lives of the families who lived there, and the impact of this small community on the Atomic Age."--BOOK JACKET.

0806136340 (alk. paper) 9780806136349 (alk. paper)


Families--History--New Mexico--Los Alamos--20th century.
Community life--History--New Mexico--Los Alamos--20th century.
Nuclear weapons--Social aspects--History--New Mexico--Los Alamos--20th century.
Nuclear weapons--Social aspects--History--United States--20th century.
Cold War--Social aspects--New Mexico--Los Alamos.
Cold War--Social aspects--United States.

Los Alamos (N.M.)--History--20th century.
Los Alamos (N.M.)--Social life and customs--20th century.
Los Alamos (N.M.)--Social conditions--20th century.

Los Alamos (N.M.) History 20th century Los Alamos (N.M.) Social life and customs 20th century Los Alamos (N.M.) Social conditions 20th century Los Alamos (NM) / Los Alamos National Laboratory Kernwaffe Ost-West-Konflikt Soziale Situation Familie Gesellschaft

F804.L6 / H86 2004