The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Sheinkin, Steve

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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 People's Literature. Bomb is a 2012 Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year title. Bomb is a 2013 Newbery Honor book.

Published: New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 1596434872
Branch Call Number: YA623.4511 SHE
Characteristics: 266 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Lots of science, with a thread of intrigue running through it that will keep secondary students going.

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Mar 24, 2015

In Bomb: the race to build-and steal-the world's most dangerous weapon, Steve Sheinkin masterfully exposes the truth behind one of the most altering events the world has ever experienced. The reader cannot help but get drawn into this story of intrigue and adventure. Not only is this book expertly researched, but it transports the reader back to 1938. Full of tension and danger, each quote and fact is woven with care. This is truly a masterful nonfiction work that all ages will enjoy (and learn from!). This book will make the reader feel as if they are in the know, as it traces the nail biting tale of the atomic bomb.

With each quote, image, and character, the reader can begin to understand an event that still bears its effects today. As the reader is led through the bombs existence step by step, they are exposed to a myriad of fascinating characters (Einstein even makes an appearance-and a pretty important one at that!), and the letters, images, and sources at the end serve as a jolt of electricity, reminding the reader that this all really happened!

The atom bomb was developed under strict secrecy in New Mexico, but all around the world there were spies and military commandoes protecting it, as well as Soviet spies trying to find out about it.

Aug 07, 2014
  • angemon44 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

just orderd this book for summer reading. im so excited

Jun 23, 2014
  • epadomek rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book very fascinating to read! It was amazing to learn things like how Oppenheimer almost wasn't allowed to work on the Manhattan project because the FBI was concerned about him having ties to communists. So many other interesting things, I don't want to give away!

Jan 16, 2013
  • CRRL_AngelaCritics rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Intrigue, spying, resistance fighters behind enemy lines sabotaging the Nazis - this book has it all! While scientists in the United States race to build an atomic bomb before the Nazis do, resistance fighters target a vital power plant in Norway to sabotage the Nazi effort and the Soviet Union frantically tries to get spies inside the project to steal the plans. The story is true but it reads like a classic spy novel.

Nov 28, 2012

This is a great story, masterfully told. Excellent reporting and research. It reads like a thriller. You know how it ends ... it's history, after all. But you still can't put it down!

Nov 03, 2012

Great book for adults and teens alike


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Aug 12, 2014
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yellow_ant_147 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14

Aug 02, 2013

mamajenn24 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 12


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