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Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the…

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon… (edition 2012)

by Steve Sheinkin (Author)

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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.
Title:Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book)
Authors:Steve Sheinkin (Author)
Info:Flash Point (2012), Edition: Illustrated, 272 pages
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Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin


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This is the story of how the atomic bomb was created and kept secret, and the international cast of characters—the scientists, the spies, the military commandos, and the dictators—who competed in the race for military dominance over the world. Source Notes, Quotation Notes, Index.
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
middlegrade narrative nonfiction. Murder, destruction, espionage, and tons of interesting facts you didn't know about the development of the atomic bomb. Another well done nonfiction title from Steve Sheinkin--we'd do well to have more books like this on our library shelves. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
WOW. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Fascinating! ( )
  mullinstreetzoo | Feb 12, 2021 |
One of the best books I read thus far this year. Both a National Book Award Finalist and a Newbery Honor Book, the author did a tremendous amount of research regarding the amount of work, personalities and spying that occurred in the making of "The Bomb."

As the author notes "A chemist in 1938, in a German laboratory, made a shocking discovery, when placed next to a radioactive material, a uranium atom split in two.

That simple discovery, dealing with the tiniest of particles, launched a cutthroat race that would span three continents."

The heated race to be successful in building a fission bomb caused the world's famous scientists and their governments to race not only build the bomb, but in doing so, to end the crippling World War II.

Filled with a host of characters, certainly tall, thin incredibly brilliant Robert Oppenheimer would pay an emotional and physical price for his brilliance in his success to spearhead and win the race to develop and deploy the bomb.

In the hot, blazing heat of Los Alamos, California, scientists worked feverishly to prepare the bomb, called Little Boy, place it safely in the plane navigated by a 29 year old Paul Tibbets, who named the plane, The Enola Gay, after his mother.

On the morning of August 6, 1945, the 12-member crew and Tibet were eight minutes away from the scheduled bomb release. 31,00 feet above, the bomb was released upon Hiroshima, Japan. The explosion left a huge mushroom shape into the air, while radioactive particles rained down, on Hiroshima, laying thousands and thousands to die, or be terribly scarred by the impact of the bomb and the radioactive particles that burnt and killed. From the air, Hiroshima looked like a pot of boiling black oil.

Japan's response was silence and a determination that they would not surrender. While President Harry Truman stated to the world that there should be no mistake -- the United States has the power to completely destroy Japan.

And, then, a few days later, another bomb, a large plutonium implosion bomb, this one called Fat Boy, exploded over Nagasaki.

Two bombs of destruction in one week, led Japan and the world to know the US was a super power capable of causing destruction and death.

This was the end of the war, Japan surrendered, but it was the beginning of a world left wondering who would be next in gaining the power of building these bombs. And, the huge question remained regarding when would they next be used.

The Cold War had just begun.

Five Star Read! ( )
  Whisper1 | Feb 9, 2021 |
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HARRY GOLD WAS RIGHT: This is a big story. It's the story of the creation - and theft - of the deadliest weapon ever invented.
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