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

Front Cover
Macmillan, Sep 4, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 266 pages
19 Reviews

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.


What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

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

User Review  - Max Donahue - Goodreads

This was a good, short, non-fiction read. I love the Manhattan Project; the secrecy and danger of it really draws me in. This book really does a nice job delivering the facts of the Manhattan Project ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Levi Williamson - Goodreads

This was the true story about the atomic bomb. Its detail provide a different setting to what we usually her about learning about WWII. This book is very good, and would recommend it to everyone. Read full review


Chain Reactions
How to Build an Atomic Bomb
Final Assembly
Source Notes

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, includingThe 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 bookBomb was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as theYALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Bibliographic information