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Author Piper, Karen Lynnea, 1965- author.

Title A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert / Karen Piper.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]


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Description x, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-322).
Contents Becoming China Lakers -- A teenage weaponeer -- Dynamic instability -- The Cold War at home -- Anything can be a weapon -- Off target -- Life without weapons.
Summary The China Lake missile range in the Mojave Desert 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 the Piper family. Her dad designed the Sidewinder. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it into the trunk of the family car, set off down a Los Angeles freeway, and even stopped off at the mall, leaving the missile in the parking lot. Piper's memoir also reaches back to her father's World War II flights with contraband across Europe.-- Adapted from publisher information.
Subject Piper, Karen.
Naval Ordnance Test Station (China Lake, Calif.) -- Employees -- Biography.
Piper, Earl Marwin, 1922-2005.
Piper, Mary Dahlstrom.
United States. Office of Strategic Services -- Biography.
Guided missiles -- United States -- History -- Anecdotes.
Electronic technicians -- United States -- Biography.
California, Southern -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Young women -- West (U.S.) -- Biography.
Cold War.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Added Title Growing up in America's secret desert
Other Form: Online version: Piper, Karen, author. Girl's guide to missiles New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018] 9780735220386 (DLC) 2018027674
ISBN 9780399564543 (hardcover)
0399564543 (hardcover)

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