A Girl s Guide to Missiles

A Girl s Guide to Missiles

Finally, A Girl's Guide to Missiles recounts the crossroads moment in a young woman's life when she finally found a way out of a culture of secrets and fear, and out of the desert.

Author: Karen Piper

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780735220393

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 354

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A poignant, surreal, and fearlessly honest look at growing up on one of the most secretive weapons installations on earth, by a young woman who came of age with missiles The China Lake missile range is located in a huge stretch of the Mojave Desert, about the size of the state of Delaware. It was created during the Second World War, and has always been shrouded in secrecy. But people who make missiles and other weapons are regular working people, with domestic routines and everyday dilemmas, and four of them were Karen Piper's parents, her sister, and--when she needed summer jobs--herself. Her dad designed the Sidewinder, which was ultimately used catastrophically in Vietnam. When her mom got tired of being a stay-at-home mom, she went to work on the Tomahawk. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it into the trunk of the family car, and set off down a Los Angeles freeway. Traffic was heavy, and so she stopped off at the mall, leaving the missile in the parking lot. Piper sketches in the belief systems--from Amway's get-rich schemes to propaganda in The Rocketeer to evangelism, along with fears of a Lemurian takeover and Charles Manson--that governed their lives. Her memoir is also a search for the truth of the past and what really brought her parents to China Lake with two young daughters, a story that reaches back to her father's World War II flights with contraband across Europe. Finally, A Girl's Guide to Missiles recounts the crossroads moment in a young woman's life when she finally found a way out of a culture of secrets and fear, and out of the desert.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

A Girl s Guide to Missiles

A Girl s Guide to Missiles

Title: A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert / Karen Piper. Other titles: Growing up in America's secret desert Description: New York, New York: Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, ...

Author: Karen Piper

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780735220386

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 789

A surreal and poignant coming of age on a secretive missile facility, and "an incredible view of...life in a town built for war."--Booklist The China Lake missile range is located in a huge stretch of the Mojave Desert, about the size of the state of Delaware. It was created during the Second World War, and has always been shrouded in secrecy. But people who make missiles and other weapons are regular working people, with domestic routines and everyday dilemmas, and four of them were Karen Piper's parents, her sister, and--when she needed summer jobs--herself. Her dad designed the Sidewinder, which was ultimately used catastrophically in Vietnam. When her mom got tired of being a stay-at-home mom, she went to work on the Tomahawk. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it into the trunk of the family car, and set off down a Los Angeles freeway. Traffic was heavy, and so she stopped off at the mall, leaving the missile in the parking lot. Piper sketches in the belief systems--from Amway's get-rich schemes to propaganda in The Rocketeer to evangelism, along with fears of a Lemurian takeover and Charles Manson--that governed their lives. Her memoir is also a search for the truth of the past and what really brought her parents to China Lake with two young daughters, a story that reaches back to her father's World War II flights with contraband across Europe. Finally, it recounts the crossroads moment in a young woman's life when she finally found a way out of a culture of secrets and fear, and out of the desert.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Video Source Book

Video Source Book

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ISBN: 1414406290

Category: Video recordings

Page: 1424

View: 900

A guide to programs currently available on video in the areas of movies/entertainment, general interest/education, sports/recreation, fine arts, health/science, business/industry, children/juvenile, how-to/instruction.
Categories: Video recordings

Sidewinder

Sidewinder

This is the story of how that unorthodox team, led by visionary Bill McLean, overcame U.S. Navy bureaucracy and other more heavily funded projects to develop the world’s best air-to-air missile.

Author: Ron Westrum

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: UOM:39015047602647

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 121

In the mid-1950s a small group of overworked, underpaid scientists and engineers on a remote base in the Mojave Desert developed a weapon no one had asked for but everyone in the weapons industry desired. This is the story of how that unorthodox team, led by visionary Bill McLean, overcame U.S. Navy bureaucracy and other more heavily funded projects to develop the world’s best air-to-air missile. Author Ron Westrum examines that special time and place—when the old American work ethic and “can do” spirit were a vital part of U.S. weapons development—to discover how this dedicated team was able to create a simple and inexpensive missile. Today, many decades after its invention, the Sidewinder missile is still considered one of the best that America has to offer. In a time of billion-dollar weapons development contracts, astronomical cost overruns, and defense acquisitions scandals, this revealing, highly readable tale about one of the most successful weapons in history should be of interest to anyone concerned with national security.
Categories: History

Desert Shield at Sea

Desert Shield at Sea

A complete, chronological study offering a unique, and as yet, unseen level of detail regarding the Navy's contribution throughout Operation Desert Shield.

Author: Marvin Pokrant

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313310238

Category: History

Page: 265

View: 862

A complete, chronological study offering a unique, and as yet, unseen level of detail regarding the Navy's contribution throughout Operation Desert Shield.
Categories: History

Video Sourcebook

Video Sourcebook

10 : Get the Message The Girl Can't Help It Giving It Up The Glitter : Sex , Drugs and the Media Greatest Television Commercials : A & E's Top Ten Growing Up in Smoke Her Husband's Affairs Hometown to Hollywood : A Guide to Help Your ...

Author: Thomson Gale

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 1414400993

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 4000

View: 413

From classroom aids to corporate training programs, technical resources to self-help guides, children's features to documentaries, theatrical releases to straight-to-video movies, The Video Source Book continues its comprehensive coverage of the wide universe of video offerings with more than 130,000 complete program listings, encompassing more than 160,000 videos. All listings are arranged alphabetically by title. Each entry provides a description of the program and information on obtaining the title. Six indexes -- alternate title, subject, credits, awards, special formats and program distributors -- help speed research.
Categories: Performing Arts

National Security

National Security

Examines to what degree national security theories have proven valid and suggests an updated security doctrine for Israel.

Author: Israel Tal

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 027596812X

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 709

Examines to what degree national security theories have proven valid and suggests an updated security doctrine for Israel.
Categories: History

AB Bookman s Weekly

AB Bookman s Weekly

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ISBN: UOM:39015030152006

Category: Antiquarian booksellers

Page: 848

View: 973

Categories: Antiquarian booksellers

The Times Index

The Times Index

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ISBN: UCD:31175025348866

Category: Times (London, England)

Page: 1496

View: 350

Indexes the Times, Sunday times and magazine, Times literary supplement, Times educational supplement, Times educational supplement Scotland, and the Times higher education supplement.
Categories: Times (London, England)

USA Today Index

USA Today Index

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ISBN: IND:30000027901457

Category: USA today (Arlington, Va.)

Page:

View: 983

Categories: USA today (Arlington, Va.)