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In December of , a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two.. . This book about the history of the atomic bomb discusses the race to build a bomb, and the impact of the weapon on the world. Bomb. The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. Bomb_3d In December of , a chemist in a German laboratory made a.

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Robert Oppenheimer, a science prodigy who was chomping at the bit to aid the American war effort. Employing some of the best narrative nonfiction text I have ever read, Sheinkin has a novel that fiction-loving readers will think was written exclusively for bj.

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

I walked away, and shall setve return. View all 7 comments. Ask for anything you need. Book Review- Bomb 6 8 May 28, It gives a clear and concise history of all the events. The author introduces heroes and villains throughout the pages, but he somehow manages to make even the worst decisions understandable.

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Feb 08, Lexie Robinson Austin rated it it was amazing. Overriding his intransigent military advisers, the emperor decreed Japan’s surrender.

For kids who love history. Listen – there’s so much good stuff in this book. Sheinkin described how he recreated just that one scene from about a dozen primary and secondary sources sheinlin sited the sweat, cigars, and exactly what was said. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate.


Bomb is an ambitious book and Steve Sheinkin knew it from the start, masterfully plotting its course for maximum clarity and impact, a monumental task that reaped rich rewards. Apr 18, Barb Middleton rated it it was amazing Shelves: Those ten seconds were the longest ten seconds that I ever experienced. BOMB id the race to build and steal the worlds biggest atomic bomb built after the discovery of fission, the bby of atoms splitting in two, and the people involved ny it.

Because Otto Hahn, a German physicist, had discovered fission, America had to assume Hitler was closer to obtaining a uranium bomb than sheinkln other world leader, and that meant the outcome of World War II would not be assured until Germany was completely neutralized. Love for Imperfect Things.

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

It reads like an international spy thriller, and that’s the beauty of it. Yet the emotion of that night dims next to the fear of the bomb being used for real as Japan continued to reject demands that they surrender. I don’t see this as a flaw. There is little character analysis in this book, and that is what I am looking for in my next book on this topic.

The chapter ends on the suspenseful question of one scientist thinking to herself, “When do we get as scared as we ought to? Mankind as a sfeve now had the power to commit suicide, and as nuclear arms proliferated globally, they came into the hands of unstable leaders whose next actions were anyone’s guess.

Stege held on to a post to steady himself. It is amazing how differently the people spying for the Soviets were punished…. Too many teachers across the state and nation sheinlin Sheinkin, S. Lots of historical information in an easy to digest format. There is stefe lot of information detailing the work of Dr. My first non-textbook history book was King George: This is the obmb of the atomic bomb.


As a writer of textbooks in his previous career, Steve Sheinkin pronounced sheinkon had the expertise to craft tight, informationally correct nonfiction, but Bomb: Oct 03, Brandy Painter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Benedict Arnold was utterly compelling throughout it’s first half.

This type of character development is not one I expect in a nonfiction book and I appreciated Sheinkin’s attempt to create such well-rounded characters. Why does he feel it’s so important for the United States to develop the bomb, and why does he later speak out against further arms buildup.

This is a fascinating section of the book, suspenseful and exciting. Whether some of the historical figures in this book constitute positive role models is largely a matter of opinion. You know you’re reading a good narrative non-fiction books when you are heartbroken by historical events you already knew were going to happen. Look, I understand if you’re an adult – and you’re a little embarrassed to go into the young adult ok, ok And of course, one country actually ended up using this devastating “gadget.