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Bomb: The Race to Build--And Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon

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In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Bomb is a 2012 National Book Awards finalist for Young Peoples Literature, a 2012 Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year title, and a 2013 Newbery Honor book.

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"In his highly readable storytelling style, Sheinkin (The Notorious Benedict Arnold) weaves together tales of scientific and technological discovery, back-alley espionage, and wartime sabotage in a riveting account of the race to build the first atomic weapon. The famous (Robert Oppenheimer) and infamous (spy Harry Gold) headline an enormous cast of characters, which also includes Norwegian resistance fighter Knut Haukelid, whose secret wartime missions prevented Hitler from acquiring an atom bomb. B&w portraits of key players appear in photo- montages that begin each of the book's four sections. Sheinkin pulls from numerous sources to supply every chapter with quotations that swiftly move the narrative forward. Suspenseful play-by-play moments will captivate, from the nuclear chain reaction test at the University of Chicago to the preparations for and dropping of the first bomb over Hiroshima. In a 'genie out of the bottle' epilogue, details of the Cold War's escalating arms race and present-day weapons counts will give readers pause, especially Sheinkin's final thoughts: 'It's a story with no end in sight. And, like it or not, you're in it.' A must-read for students of history and science. Ages 10 — up. (Sept.) â–" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Steve Sheinkin  is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, including The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His recent book Bomb was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as theYALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Beverly B, October 15, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Bomb is a riveting in-depth account of the atomic bomb that reads like a spy thriller. It not only tells the story of the development of the bomb, but of the fascinating and frightening people involved in the attempts to steal it and sabotage its success. Steve Sheinkin is to be applauded for writing a history book that will hold the attention of even the most reluctant reader of non-fiction. This is how history needs to be told. Although intended for a YA audience, adults will be captivated as well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596434875
Subtitle:
The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Author:
Sheinkin, Steve
Publisher:
Square Fish
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-World History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History - Military & Wars
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20140923
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
black and white photos throughout
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 10 up to 15

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his highly readable storytelling style, Sheinkin (The Notorious Benedict Arnold) weaves together tales of scientific and technological discovery, back-alley espionage, and wartime sabotage in a riveting account of the race to build the first atomic weapon. The famous (Robert Oppenheimer) and infamous (spy Harry Gold) headline an enormous cast of characters, which also includes Norwegian resistance fighter Knut Haukelid, whose secret wartime missions prevented Hitler from acquiring an atom bomb. B&w portraits of key players appear in photo- montages that begin each of the book's four sections. Sheinkin pulls from numerous sources to supply every chapter with quotations that swiftly move the narrative forward. Suspenseful play-by-play moments will captivate, from the nuclear chain reaction test at the University of Chicago to the preparations for and dropping of the first bomb over Hiroshima. In a 'genie out of the bottle' epilogue, details of the Cold War's escalating arms race and present-day weapons counts will give readers pause, especially Sheinkin's final thoughts: 'It's a story with no end in sight. And, like it or not, you're in it.' A must-read for students of history and science. Ages 10 — up. (Sept.) â–" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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