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Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb (2012)

by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

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Trinity follows the development of the atomic bomb in graphic novel format. This graphic "novel" has it's flaws. At times the art is excellent, especially when explaining the science behind the bomb. Sometimes it is moving, such as when the blasts are shown or the human toll in Japan. However, sometimes people seem oddly drawn without reason. Those with background knowledge will be able to tell that the author has done his homework, but the author's note leaves a little to be desired. This is especially true after reading Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapons, where it is more obvious that the author has done his research. Bomb is also more thorough and, in this reviewer's opinion, all around better. All of this being said, Trinity is a worthy addition to public and school libraries. At times its brevity will make it more suitable than other works. Plus, the visual aspect of the comic format could be invaluable for readers when it comes to understanding the science. The way this book addresses the morality of this event is especially admirable and is one area where it may outshine Bomb. ( )
  MissyAnn | Sep 26, 2015 |
This is an excellent choice for anyone looking for books on the Manhattan Project. The artwork was detailed and paints a wonderful portrait of what happened during this time period. The author's words help to create a full and easy to understand retelling of these events. I would absolutely recommend this to almost anyone. It is excellent for anyone looking for information on the Manhattan Project or a graphic novel enthusiast looking for something new. ( )
  LISandKL | Feb 23, 2015 |
This graphic novel was absolutely captivating. I don't think I fully understood some of the secrecy and procedures that went into developing the Atomic Bomb and the required military buildings/sites that were necessary to house the scientists, etc. This book is appropriate for anyone interested in this topic although there are a couple of drawings of the awful Atomic bomb human devastation. ( )
  GR8inD8N | Apr 17, 2014 |
My 2nd graphic novel. This one's great. I really like the way the author (and artist) incorporates the scientific story with the social history. I also appreciate the even treatment of the people and urgency of the project they were subject to. While you can't overlook the innocent victims that were part of the collateral damage of the first (and only) atomic bombs used in warfare, the significance of the event was an overwhelming statement of US military superiority entering the 21st century. ( )
  gkyoungen | Mar 24, 2014 |
I learned more about the science of the atomic bomb from this book than I have from any other book or class before. Brilliantly done!

It would be a great companion book to BOMB. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0809094681, Hardcover)

Trinity, the debut graphic book by the gifted illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, depicts in vivid detail the dramatic history of the race to build and the decision to drop the first atomic bomb. This sweeping historical narrative traces the spark of invention from the laboratories of nineteenth-century Europe to the massive industrial and scientific efforts of the Manhattan Project. Along the way, Fetter-Vorm takes special care to explain the fundamental science of nuclear reactions. With the clarity and accessibility that only a graphic book can provide, Trinity transports the reader into the core of a nuclear reaction—into the splitting atoms themselves.

The power of the atom was harnessed in a top-secret government compound in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where some of the greatest scientific minds in the world gathered together to work on the bomb. Fetter-Vorm showcases J. Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, and General Leslie Groves, the fathers of the atomic bomb, whose insights unleashed the most devastating explosion known to humankind. These brilliant scientists wrestled daily with both the difficulty of building an atomic weapon and the moral implications of actually succeeding.

When the first bomb finally went off at a test site code-named Trinity, the world was irreversibly thrust into a new and terrifying age. With powerful renderings of the catastrophic events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Fetter-Vorm unflinchingly chronicles the far-reaching political, environmental, and ethical effects of this new discovery. Richly illustrated and deeply researched, Trinity is a dramatic, informative, and thought-provoking book on one of the most significant and harrowing events in history.

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A graphic novel account of the race to construct the first atomic bomb and the decision to drop it, tracing the early research, the heated debates, and profiles of forefront Manhattan Project contributors.

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