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Spotlight on Los Alamos: The little town that could

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By Roger Snodgrass

SANTA FE – Historic Los Alamos took the spotlight Sunday with a reminder that its founding story – a cliff-hanging race for survival led by the most brilliant minds of the age – continues to capture public attention.The unofficial capital of the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos was the subject of several brief talks Sunday in the St. Francis Auditorium of the New Mexico Museum of Art.The weekend event marked publication of an anthology edited by Cynthia Kelly, president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation. The book – “The Manhattan Project” – is among the outstanding commemorative works the organization has carried out over its nine years in existence.The new book is a compendium of excerpts, representing the best that has been thought and said about the famous crash program to deliver the first nuclear weapon. Kelly’s notes introduce and provide the context for a collection of essential insights and reflections.Short pieces by dozens of eye witnesses and participants, as well as reflections by leading historians, illuminate the daily life of Los Alamos, the science and politics and the aftermath of the weapon that hastened the end of World War II.As Kelly observed, the occasion was one week short of the 65th anniversary of Gen. Leslie R.


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