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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