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Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon / Steve Sheinkin.

By: Sheinkin, Steve.
Contributor(s): Roaring Brook Press [publisher.] | R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company [printer.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2012Edition: 1st ed.ISBN: 9781596434875 (hc); 1596434872 (hc).Other title: Race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon.Subject(s): Atomic bomb -- History | World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Soviet Union | World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain | World War, 1939-1945 -- Commando operations -- Norway -- Vemork | Operation Freshman, 1942 | Atomic bomb -- Germany -- History | Arms race | Cold War | Natural history | Scientists | Military history | DictatorsDDC classification: 623.4
Contents:
Three-way race -- Chain reactions -- How to build an atomic bomb -- Final assembly.
Awards: Newbery Honor Book, 2013 | Sibert Medal, 2013 | YALSA Nonfiction Award Winner, 2013 | National Book Award Finalist, 2013Summary: Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.
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"Book design by Jay Colvin"--t.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-259) and index.

Three-way race -- Chain reactions -- How to build an atomic bomb -- Final assembly.

Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

Newbery Honor Book, 2013

Sibert Medal, 2013

YALSA Nonfiction Award Winner, 2013

National Book Award Finalist, 2013

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Sheinkin's stellar nonfiction account (Flash Point, 2012) captures the science, technology, logistics, and politics of the race to build the first atomic bomb. The book gives listeners a holistic perspective, highlighting the fact that the story of the bomb, while a technological miracle of the time, is at its core, an intricate tale of daring individuals whose actions affected families, friends, communities, and nations. The story begins at the end, with the capture of American spy Harry Gold in Philadelphia. From Gold's seizure, Sheinken takes a retrospective look at events from the discovery of nuclear fusion to the deployment and the aftermath of the uranium and plutonium bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Gold, a chemist, in his role as Communist sympathizer and Soviet courier, is the thread that weaves this fascinating book together as it follows the trail of scientists, Nazi resisters, Soviet and American spies, workers, military commanders, and political leaders across the globe. The author's narrative is as gripping as that of nonfiction masters such as Jim Murphy and Russell Freedman. Roy Samuelson's clear diction and measured delivery complements the subject matter, offering students the opportunity to absorb sometimes complex material without pause. This award-winning, meticulously sourced book deserves a spot in every library.-Lisa Taylor, Ocean County Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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<p>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.</p>

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