â€œThey kept telling me to keep my mouth shut.â€ The first atom bomb, detonated in 1945, marked the start of a new age . . . andÂ the worldâ€™s introduction to Los Alamos. But at the renowned nuclear weaponsÂ facility nothingâ€™s more dangerous than speaking the truth.Growing up in the shadow of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL),Â author Chuck Montano was thrilled to land a job there in 1978. Little couldÂ he imagine the veiled world he was about to enter, or the disturbing string ofÂ events that would change him forever. Los Alamos: A Whistleblowerâ€™s Diary is a shocking account of foul play, theftÂ and abuse at our nationâ€™s premier nuclear R&D installation, uncovering aÂ retaliatory culture where those who dare to question pay with their careers and,Â potentially, their lives. This is a story about military-industrial dominance, andÂ distortions of reality. It is a first-of-its-kind exposÃ©, venturing past LANLâ€™s armedÂ guards and security fences to chronicle persistent, often successful efforts toÂ prevent hidden truths from surfacing in the wake of headline-grabbing eventsÂ . . . as in the mysterious death of the laboratoryâ€™s second-in-command, comingÂ on the heels of a derailed fraud investigation, on the eve of related congressionalÂ hearingsâ€”an unconscionable cover-up rooted in arrogance, omissions and lies. Seventy years after its inception, and despite LANLâ€™s 2 billion per year budget,Â the secret science colony on â€œthe Hillâ€ remains largely unaccountable to anyone,Â plus a mystery to most. This book reveals, in terrifying detail, that this is noÂ accident, and is a dire warning . . . a clarion call for citizen-action. ÂThis book presents a comprehensive focus on the corrupting effect money has on politics and justice, the systematic waste in government spending that stems from this, and the detrimental impact itâ€™s having on democracy and lives.ÂThe story is centered on the world's first nuclear weapons facility, based on widely reported events that took place there, and brings to light the enormous financial burden imposed on taxpayers through institutionally enabled fraud, waste and abuse.