Children of Usher: Growing Up in Los Alamos

by Glenn Fishbine

Reviewed January 9, 2005

Book CoverChildren of Usher: Growing Up in Los Alamos is a collection of short stories written by Glenn Fishbine. This is a different kind of book, it is not an in-depth analysis of the political or scientific impacts of the nuclear age. These light hearted stories focus on growing up during the Cold War at Los Alamos, New Mexico. During the Manhattan Project, three "atomic" cites were built to design and create nuclear weapons. These cities not only included scientists and engineers, but husbands, wives and children.

Mr. Fishbine recounts childhood misadventures of making fake UFOs and stink bombs in the local movie theater, and growing up under the routine threat of global annihilation. The collection is an enjoyable light read. Available at