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

Roaring Brook/Flash Point,
September 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59643-487-5
272 pages, b/w photos

National Book Award Finalist
Robert F. Sibert Medal
YALSA Award for Nonfiction
Newbery Honor
New York Times Bestseller
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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 three 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.
"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... A must-read for students of history and science."
- STARRED, Publishers Weekly
"It's a true spy thriller, ranging from the football stadium at the University of Chicago to the mountains of Norway, from the deserts of New Mexico to laboratories in East Tennessee... A superb tale of an era and an effort that forever changed our world."
- STARRED, Kirkus
"As he did in The Notorious Benedict Arnold, Sheinkin has again brought his superior talent for storytelling to bear in what is truly a gripping account of discovery, espionage, and revolutionary changes in both physics and the modern world.... It reads like an international spy thriller, and that’s the beauty of it."
- STARRED, School Library Journal
"This is edge-of-the seat material that will resonate with YAs who clamor for true spy stories, and it will undoubtedly engross a cross-market audience of adults who dozed through the World War II unit in high school."
- STARRED, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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