Bomb: The Race to Build -
and Steal - the World's Most
Roaring Brook/Flash Point,
272 pages, b/w photos
National Book Award Finalist
Robert F. Sibert Medal
YALSA Award for Nonfiction
New York Times Bestseller
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