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Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon

Sheinkin, Steve. (Author).

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  • 5 of 5 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Breckenridge Public Library J 623.4511 SHE (Text) 33500010922946 Main Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 1596434872 (hc)
  • ISBN: 9781596434875 (hc)
  • Physical Description: 266 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
    print
  • Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2012.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-259) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Three-way race -- Chain reactions -- How to build an atomic bomb -- Final assembly.
Summary, etc.: Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2012 September #1
    Using some of the same narrative techniques he used in the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction–winning The Notorious Benedict Arnold (2010), Sheinkin shapes the story of the Manhattan Project into a dense, complicated thriller that intercuts the action with the deftness of a Hollywood blockbuster. There are more characters than readers will be able to handle, but they'll follow the three main threads. The first is a tale of spy versus spy, as Soviet informants infiltrate America's Los Alamos laboratory. The second tracks the heroism of Knut Haukelid as he parachutes into Norway to destroy Germany's heavy water plant. Most amazing is Robert Oppenheimer's assemblage of the greatest scientific minds in the U.S. (aka "the world's largest collection of crackpots"), who under great duress design the most lethal weapon in history. Sheinkin's prose understandably favors plot machinations over character, and positioning photos in the back matter feels anticlimactic. Nonetheless, the painstakingly sourced narrative crackles and drives home the "strange mix of pride and horror" felt by the scientists who had just won the war—but lost something of equal worth. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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

Subject: Atomic bomb Germany History
Operation Freshman, 1942
World War, 1939-1945 Commando operations Norway Vemork
World War, 1939-1945 Secret service Great Britain
World War, 1939-1945 Secret service Soviet Union
Atomic bomb History
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