Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
by Steve Sheinkin
Summary: "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." This launched a worldwide race to be the first nation to create the world's first atomic bomb. Scientists, spies, dictators, revolutionaries, and military leaders all played a part in the race for military world domination.
Thoughts: This nonfiction book is truly fascinating. Admittedly, I didn't know very much about the development of the bomb; I was completely intrigued by this account of all that took place in multiple nations around the world. I was particularly interested in the Norwegian resistance. The narrative was extremely engaging - both interesting and sobering. Nonfiction has come a long way in recent years, and this book is a prime example of how readable and appealing it can be. The book was a 2012 National Book Award Young People's Literature Finalist and will likely - and deservedly - earn many additional honors.
Read Bomb, if you ...
- are interested in WWII
- enjoy exciting stories involving spies and intrigue
- have an interest in science
- like true stories from history