A Girl's Guide to Missiles With Author Karen Piper

Nov 1, 2019 | 16:32 GMT
Karen Piper's A Girls Guide to Missiles

In her memoir, A Girl's Guide to Missiles, author Karen Piper relates her experiences growing up in a place where the manufacture of U.S. weapons was the bedrock industry.

With striking vistas of California's mountains and the nearby desert as a backdrop, Karen Piper had a happy childhood, playing with her sister to round up rattlesnakes and practice her skills as a sleuth. There was, however, another side to Piper's formative years, namely, military weapons and secret missions. It's all part of her new book, A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up In America's Secret Desert, which describes her youth in a company town where every employee was a civil servant of the American government. 

Listen in as Piper talks with Paul Floyd, Stratfor's director of analyst operations, about a childhood less ordinary in China Lake, California — the nation's largest weapons manufacturing facility.

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A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up In America's Secret Desert, by Karen Piper

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