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Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (utgåvan 2018)

av Steve Sheinkin (Författare)

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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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Titel:Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Författare:Steve Sheinkin (Författare)
Info:Square Fish (2018), 304 pages
Samlingar:School Library, Ditt bibliotek
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Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon av Steve Sheinkin

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Fascinating! ( )
  mullinstreetzoo | Feb 12, 2021 |
One of the best books I read thus far this year. Both a National Book Award Finalist and a Newbery Honor Book, the author did a tremendous amount of research regarding the amount of work, personalities and spying that occurred in the making of "The Bomb."

As the author notes "A chemist in 1938, in a German laboratory, made a shocking discovery, when placed next to a radioactive material, a uranium atom split in two.

That simple discovery, dealing with the tiniest of particles, launched a cutthroat race that would span three continents."

The heated race to be successful in building a fission bomb caused the world's famous scientists and their governments to race not only build the bomb, but in doing so, to end the crippling World War II.

Filled with a host of characters, certainly tall, thin incredibly brilliant Robert Oppenheimer would pay an emotional and physical price for his brilliance in his success to spearhead and win the race to develop and deploy the bomb.

In the hot, blazing heat of Los Alamos, California, scientists worked feverishly to prepare the bomb, called Little Boy, place it safely in the plane navigated by a 29 year old Paul Tibbets, who named the plane, The Enola Gay, after his mother.

On the morning of August 6, 1945, the 12-member crew and Tibet were eight minutes away from the scheduled bomb release. 31,00 feet above, the bomb was released upon Hiroshima, Japan. The explosion left a huge mushroom shape into the air, while radioactive particles rained down, on Hiroshima, laying thousands and thousands to die, or be terribly scarred by the impact of the bomb and the radioactive particles that burnt and killed. From the air, Hiroshima looked like a pot of boiling black oil.

Japan's response was silence and a determination that they would not surrender. While President Harry Truman stated to the world that there should be no mistake -- the United States has the power to completely destroy Japan.

And, then, a few days later, another bomb, a large plutonium implosion bomb, this one called Fat Boy, exploded over Nagasaki.

Two bombs of destruction in one week, led Japan and the world to know the US was a super power capable of causing destruction and death.

This was the end of the war, Japan surrendered, but it was the beginning of a world left wondering who would be next in gaining the power of building these bombs. And, the huge question remained regarding when would they next be used.

The Cold War had just begun.

Five Star Read! ( )
  Whisper1 | Feb 9, 2021 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
In 1939, a German scientist make a groundbreaking discovery for WWII. He figured out the setting Uranium next to radioactive material splits atoms into two. In England and the United States, Soviet spies sneaked their way into the scientific community during the war. This story is about the atomic bomb. All about how the atomic bomb came to be, and how the Soviets snuck their way into finding out how to make it. In Norway, a commando attacked German manufacturing in the deep, heavy water. In the desert, scientists discovering a nuclear weapon. This adventurous book about a historical world-wide used weapon.
This book really caught my interest once I read the back. It's so fascinating learning how to atomic bomb came to be during a time of war. It was cool hearing about Soviet spies sneaking around, it's so obvious to the reader that they are spies, but not to the Americans or British. I definitely recommend this book to late elementary school through high school. The reason I say elementary is because it's very riveting book to get into young, and high school because it's just flat out a good book. I like how mysterious the characters were because they're in the military. Overall, I think this is a good book if you can handle war. ( )
  MBeedham.ELA5 | May 24, 2020 |
Steve Sheinkin says he is trying to write exciting history to make up for his previous crimes, writing history textbooks.

I say he's fully absolved.

In Bomb, three threads braid together to create a page-turning drama. The stage is WWII. The Germans are trying to build an atomic bomb, the Americans are trying to build it faster, and the Soviets are trying to steal it. Each nation has its own reasons for wanting the bomb. Spies, secret agents, soldiers, scientists, and politicians move on and off the stage in a real-life thriller that's just as good as fiction.

History is nothing more than a true story, and Sheinkin is a master storyteller. He gives the well-researched facts in a way that's less like school and more like your best friend telling you the finer points of his latest illicit adventure. Even the technical physics and chemistry stuff becomes engaging in Sheinkin's hands. But the best of the author's tactics is that he has dug up enough actual dialogue to make the book read like a novel.

The other writing strategy Sheinkin uses to make us cry "More history, please!" is to order events for maximum suspense. He doesn't give an incorrect chronology, but he may start a chapter with a particularly juicy scene, then back up a bit in time and work his way forward to return to that scene with the full background in place. In fact, this is the structure of the whole book as well.

Newbery? I know non-fiction doesn't often snag it, but this one deserves gold. ( )
  rhowens | Nov 26, 2019 |
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