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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User Review  - KEFeeney - LibraryThing

It is refreshing to read a historical account that is suspenseful, terrifying and thought-provoking. History is full of drama and the development of the A-bomb, and later the H-bomb, is full of moral ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rosa.Mill - LibraryThing

This book follows three different historical events; US development of the atom bomb, US sabotage of the German atom bomb program and the Soviet spy program that gave them the US atom bomb. The book ... Read full review


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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.

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