"This richly detailed study takes us beyond big government programs and corporate contracts to show people coping with the intricate dance of science and technology, warfare and welfare, the mess of making bombs and the business of cleaning up."
-Virginia Scharff, Center for the Southwest, University of New Mexico
"Professors Findlay and Hevly have written an important and compelling book. It is a must-read for anyone interested in and concerned about this nation's nuclear legacy, with many lessons applicable to future uses of nuclear energy."
-Keith Benson, University of British Columbia
"An outstanding contribution to our knowledge of the Atomic West and its role in the nation's history. Equally important, the authors provide an important corrective to recent historical accounts of the topic."
"Their coauthored work effectively blends the history of the nuclear complex with the histories of environmentalism, community identity, regionalism, and politics . . . Atomic Frontier Days pushes the boundaries of atomic bomb history into new, exciting directions."
-Jason Krupar, Technology and Culture, Vol. 53 July 2012
"Atomic Frontier Days goes beyond simplistic narratives of a triumph or tragedy. . . . Unlike many histories of the American nuclear weapons programs, which tend to focus on the secret and isolated nature of the enterprise, this book situates Hanford firmly in a regional, political, social, and economic context."
-Andrew Jenks, Southern California Quarterly, Spring 2012
"The book is richly informed by primary sources. It may well be the definitive treatment of Hanford and its ongoing controversies."
-Michael L. Johnson, Journal of American History, June 2012
"[Findlay and Hevly] chronicle the legacy of the atom and how the citizens of this unique region coped with war, economic and ecological challenges, and dependence on federal largesse and corporate power."
-Robin Lindley, Pacific Northwest Inlander, April 2012
"The account is well organized and written, and the scholarship is superb and well documented. . . . An excellent resource for those interested in or studying the influence of technology on urban communities. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
-Choice, December 2011
"It's an informative, detailed view of the complicated forces that created and shaped Hanford, and how that is not entirely atypical of how the West was won and sometimes lost."
-Knute Berger, Crosscut, September 2011
"It lays out the roller-coaster of boom and bust cycles as Hanford struggled to stay relevant and the community attempted to maintain a solid economic footing-a process that continues today . . ."
-Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, July 2011