Title: Bomb: The race to build and steal the world’s most dangerous weapon
Author: Steve Sheinkin
Recommended for: 5th Grade and up
Pages: 266 pages
Call Number/Link: J 623.4 SHE
Synopsis: 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.
My thoughts: This is a very interesting book. I listened to the audio book, so I had a little bit of trouble remember who some of the people were. I think that if I had read the book that the names would have stuck with me better. It was interesting to hear the whole process and to see some insight to the scientists who worked on the project. I didn’t realizes that some scientists in Chicago did some initial work on the project. I am really surprised that they were able to keep everything so secretive with all the spies trying to get information. I think a anyone interested in World War II will be interested in this book. It has really good information in an easy format to follow.