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Made in Hanford: The Bomb That Changed the World

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In 1942, a small plane carrying Lt. Col. Franklin T. Matthias and two DuPont engineers flew over three farming communities in eastern Washington. The passengers agreed. Isolated and near the powerful Columbia River, the region was the ideal site for the world's first plutonium factory. Two years later, built with a speed and secrecy unheard of today, the facility was opera ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by Washington State University Press (first published April 2011)
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Hill Williams is the son of the guy who ran the local paper in Hanford, WA during the Manhattan Project. That makes for a pretty interesting insider's view of the development of the Hanford site. Williams also shows a nice ability to be pretty neutral on hot topics (pun intended). The book is a little all over the place in that it skips big pieces of Manhattan Project history, but mostly that's because he's focusing on the Hanford site specifically. His coverage of the Bikini Atoll atrocities (I ...more
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Oct 11, 2012 Kaeleigh Forsyth rated it liked it
had a helluva halloween night, reading this book and slipping into a diabetic coma.
Brett
Jan 15, 2016 Brett rated it really liked it
A very interesting read about my hometown and its very unique history. The author did a great job of explaining some very complicated principles in a way that was understandable.
Andy Miller
May 28, 2012 Andy Miller rated it really liked it
The author, Hill Williams, was in Pasco High School in 1943 when Lt Colonel Franklin Matthias came to his father's office at the Pasco Herald to tell him a bit about the upcoming Hanford project and the need for secrecy from the area's newspapers.

Almost 60 years later, Williams, a retired reporter from the Seattle Times, writes a history of Hanford's role in the making of one of two atomic bombs that ended World War II. A warning to the lay reader, this book is as much, if not more, about the sc
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Valerie J K
May 15, 2016 Valerie J K rated it really liked it
Great history of my hometown. My Dad worked at the Hanford site as a biologist for many years, and I had basic knowledge about the site, but learned a great deal more about the history and process behind nuclear energy. The author, Hill Williams, was the son of the Pasco-based newspaper editor at the time. The story begins with Army officer Lt. Col. Matthias visiting Hill Williams Sr. in early 1943 and asking his cooperation in not publishing news about the project. From 1943-1945, Richland's po ...more
Madeleine
Jun 17, 2014 Madeleine rated it really liked it
I appreciated Hill Williams' style- as a science writer for a newspaper, he translated very technical information quite easily, and shared not just Hanford, but the making of the bomb and the impact from the testing in the Pacific. I want to read it a second time!
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