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

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Macmillan, Sep 4, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 266 pages
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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 People’s Literature.

Bomb is a 2012 Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year title.

Bomb is a 2013 Newbery Honor book.


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

User Review  - Carlos - Goodreads

Bomb is a book that describes the race to build the atomic bomb. It starts with the discovery that uranium atoms can be split in two. Scientists find out that they can use this discovery as a new form ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Michelle Pegram - Goodreads

The story of the making of the atomic bomb has been deftly woven into a page-turning. edge-of-your-seat, thriller with unbelievable choices, shocking intrigue, and devastating consequences ... Read full review


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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 the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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