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The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Sheinkin, Steve (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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 hiddenaway 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.
Authors: Sheinkin, Steve
Title: Bomb
the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2012
Characteristics: 266 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781596434875
Branch Call Number: J 623.4 SHEINKIN
Statement of Responsibility: Steve Sheinkin
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-259) and index
Subject Headings: Atomic bomb History World War, 1939-1945 Secret service Soviet Union World War, 1939-1945 Secret service Great Britain World War, 1939-1945 Commando operations Norway Vemork Operation Freshman, 1942 Atomic bomb Germany History
Topical Term: Atomic bomb
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Operation Freshman, 1942
Atomic bomb
Newbery Honor Books
LCCN: 2011044096
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On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 war plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. 80,000 people were killed instantly. The devastation was immediately obvious even from the air and the plane’s co-pilot thought, “My God, what have we done?”

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2013 Honor Book. 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.

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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.

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!

Great book for adults and teens alike


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