Bomb: The Race to Build--And Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Bomb: The Race to Build--And Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Hardback Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

By (author) Steve Sheinkin

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  • Publisher: Flash Point
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 231mm x 25mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 4 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1596434872
  • ISBN 13: 9781596434875
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 47,567

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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. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb. "Bomb" is a 2012 National Book Awards finalist for Young People's Literature. "Bomb" is a 2012 "Washington Post" Best Kids Books of the Year title. "Bomb" is a 2013 Newbery Honor book.

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Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, including "The Notorious Benedict Arnold," which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His recent book "Bomb" was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as theYALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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"A must-read..."--"Publishers Weekly", starred "A superb tale of an era and an effort that forever changed our world."--"Kirkus", starred