All posts tagged: Oak Ridge

Diane Fanning Signing Books in the Atomic Secret City

On Saturday, December 6, 2014 Diane Fanning will be a guest of the American Museum of Science and Energy signing copies of her latest novel, SCANDAL IN THE SECRET CITY, from 2-4pm Eastern. The museum is located at 300 S Tulane, Oak Ridge, TN. Scandal in the Secret City Eastern Tennessee is an area filled with the beauty of the Great Smokey Mountains, clear creeks, and vibrant cities like Knoxville and Chattanooga. In 1942 the US Government selected a rural area between the ridges to create the “Secret City,” Oak Ridge. The location was quickly built to develop materials for the Manhattan Project and the purification of uranium for use in the bomb that eventually fell on Hiroshima. The population rose from around 3,000 to 75,000 by 1945 as workers were recruited for employment not knowing what the specifics of their jobs would be, and not knowing where they were going. Known as the Secret City, Oak Ridge never appeared on any maps, hidden in plain view from the rest of the world. The main character in Diane Fanning’s SCANDAL …

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Manhattan Project Creates Oak Ridge: Scandal in the Secret City

The first book in Diane Fanning’s new fiction series, SCANDAL IN THE SECRET CITY ( November,2014) takes readers back to the dawning of the atomic age, World War II, the war to end all wars with the discovery of the atomic bomb. The main character, Libby Clark, a recently graduated scientist and only female chemist in the top-secret location, is like hundreds of other top scientists who were transported to an unknown location, doing unknown work for the purpose of ending the war. Oak Ridge, Tennessee, later nicknamed “Atomic City,” quickly sprang up from 70,000 acres of government acquired rural farmland and became one of the secret cities. Along with Los Alamos, New Mexico, Hanford, Washington, and other selected sites,Oak Ridge was built in 1942, a remote and hidden location which never showed up on any map until 1949 even though it was the new home of over 75,000 people and using more electricity than New York City. Against this backdrop, shrouded in government imposed secrecy, Libby Clark arrives in Oak Ridge excited to do her part for the …

Scandal in the Secret City, Manhattan Project, Diane Fanning

SCANDAL IN THE SECRET CITY by Diane Fanning: Win a FREE Copy from Goodreads

Scheduled for release in November, 2014, Scandal in the Secret City: A World War Two Mystery set in Tennesee, is Diane Fanning’s latest historical novel, and her first featuring the character, Libby Clark. From August 1-September 1 readers can enter for a chance to win one of 10 free autographed copies before the launch date!   Oak Ridge, Tennessee, otherwise known as the Secret City, rose seemingly overnight in 1942, built by the US Government. No one was quite sure what its purpose was or where it came from, but there was certainly something going on . . . Libby Clark, a gutsy Bryn Mawr graduate, is determined to find her place as a scientist in a world where women are thought better suited to housework and marriage. As the only female scientist in the top-secret facility, Libby is excited to begin what she believes is important government research. She soon begins to suspect, however, that not all is as it seems. And to make matters worse, one frosty night she discovers the dead body …