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Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon

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2012

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ISBN:

  • 9781596434875 (hc)
  • 9781250050649

Edition: 1st ed.

Publisher, Date: New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2012.

Description: 266 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Other Title: Race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon

Notes:

  • Publisher, pagination and printing dates may vary.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-259) and index.

LCCN: 2011044096

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Reader Reviews

Approval Rating: 40% (2/5)
Average Rating: 3.25

★★★☆☆ Rating probably a bit unfair.

By Just A. Bean on Sun, 05 Jun 2016 10:23:22

It really is a reasonable overview of the American and Soviet atomic projects. It's aimed at younger readers, so was probably more simplistic that it could have been, but it was rarely dumbed down so much as cut for time and space. I would particularly have liked to see the Manhattan Project scientists objections to dropping the first bomb included, but it really was a matter of space. The scientific explanations were basic, but clear and detailed enough for lay readers to understand the challenges the scientists were facing. They often included useful diagrams. Unfortunately, the German program was barely touched on. The book is trying to make the "race" to build the bomb exciting as possible, which more or less requires not mentioning that the Germans hadn't gotten past step one, and were really more interested in building rockets anyway, until after the fact. So less like a race, and more like a cricket match where the second team on the field isn't very good.

★★★★★ Well Executed Middle Grade Nonfiction

By ErinC on Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:21:31

Right on target for a middle grade audience. I like that Sheinkin made this engaging enough to hold a teen's attention (primarily from first hand accounts from those involved) without resorting to childish gimmicks - I'd have no problem handing this to an adult that wants a quick, suspenseful primer on the development of the atomic bomb and the start of the cold war. He really humanized the scientists that developed it and the spies that betrayed its secrets. It was a fascinating look into the world of espionage

☆☆☆☆☆

By Patron80549 on Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:12:20

The atom bomb was developed under strict secrecy in New Mexico, but all around the world there were spies and military commandoes protecting it, as well as Soviet spies trying to find out about it.

☆☆☆☆☆

By Patron80549 on Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:12:02

The atom bomb was developed under strict secrecy in New Mexico, but all around the world there were spies and military commandoes protecting it, as well as Soviet spies trying to find out about it.

★★★★☆ Bomb: The Race to Build-- and Steal

By ReadingRocks on Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:34:11

Greatread. An exciting read on an important time in history. Reads just like a spy novel.

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