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: 52,408

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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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Author information

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] complicated thriller that intercuts action with the deftness of a Hollywood blockbuster." --"Booklist" "A must-read..."--"Publishers Weekly", starred "A superb tale of an era and an effort that forever changed our world."--"Kirkus", starred