The Race to Build-- and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

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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.

Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, ©2012
ISBN: 9781596438613
Characteristics: 1 online resource (266 pages) : illustrations


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Jul 02, 2017

This is another one of my all time favourite books!!! I always re-read this book because it is so good! The author creates a thrilling, action packed novel that tells an inspiring tale of scientific discovery. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves to read history!

Apr 01, 2017

Steve Sheinkin’s ‘Bomb -The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon’ was a very informative book. While this book was rated Juvenile, I believe that it is more appropriately suited for a reader 13 years-of-age to adult. It tells the story of the race to build the Atomic Bomb after the chain reaction was first discovered. It became obvious that Germany was trying to build this game changer and the United States and Great Britain recognized that they could not allow that to happen.

J. Robert Oppenheimer and a team of world renowned physicists including at least three Soviet moles/spies got the bomb designed after Germany collapsed and the decision to use it against a stubborn Japan was made by President Truman. Another must read for any 20th Century history buff. Highly recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

JCLChrisK Oct 27, 2016

Nonfiction at its best. Layered, compelling, suspenseful, and effortlessly informative.

Jul 26, 2016

Another adult here raving about this book. Don't let its intended audience of teens stop you from reading it. It's like several blockbuster Hollywood films rolled into one! I literally bit my nails while I read it--that exciting!

Jan 27, 2016

A must-read for all, including adults!

Sep 08, 2015

Bomb is a very interesting book. Even if it is non-fiction the author makes the story like a fiction story so it is very fun and interesting. It is mainly about Oppenheimer, who led a group of scientists to build a atom bomb. People said he was very unsocial and couldn't even run a hot dog stand, but he found out a way to lead his fellow scientists. While America was working on the bomb, Soviet spies were getting American agents to steal important information about the bomb. Bomb is a very good book.

Jun 29, 2015

It takes the stories of all the competitors in the race and puts them together. It shows how one competitor is related to another and how they feed off each other.

FW_librarian Jun 19, 2015

Excellent book explaining the cultural, political and scientific background leading up to the discovery of the atom bomb at Los Alamos. Easy to understand; good illustrations.

May 30, 2015

Though written for young adults, I found it quite enjoyable.


I never expected to enjoy this book as much as I did. It's full of cunning spies and covert action right out of a James Bond movie! Scientific information that could have been confusing and boring is rendered clear and fascinating. Did you know that the nuclear reaction used to make the atomic bomb was first tested here in Chicago? Pick up this book to find out how close the city came to being blown sky-high!

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Jun 29, 2015

When Oppenheimer felt the blast of the bomb at Trinity he quoted the Bhagavad-Gita saying," Now I become death, the destroyer of worlds."


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