1.22.2013

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
Visit author Steve Sheinkin's website to learn more about his writing and his newest book, Lincoln's Grave Robbers.

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