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

Author: Sheinkin, Steve

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Publisher Henry Holt & Co
Mfg Part# 9781596434875
SKU 227159690
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1596434872
Release Date 9/4/2012
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 7.75L x 0.75T
"A must-read for students of history and science."
"A superb tale of an era and an effort that forever changed our world."
"While the historical information and hard facts presented here will likely be new to the intended audience, they in no way overwhelm readers or detract from the thoroughly researched, well-documented account. It reads like an international spy thriller, and that's the beauty of it."
"Sheinkin has an architect's sense of form: how much to say here, when to jump there, and how cantilevered parts work together to create a deft and seemingly effortless whole."
"Sheinkin here maintains the pace of a thriller without betraying history...or skipping over the science...."
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Editors Note 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.
Annotation Steve Sheinkin's masterful history of the race for the first atomic bomb reads like an adventure story filled with danger and excitement. Scientist Robert Oppenheimer, spy Harry Gold, and resistance fighter Knut Haukelid each become compelling characters here as the narrative travels from a German chemist's lab to the Americans' discoveries, and the Soviet Union's attempts to steal them. Sheinkin makes history even more relevant by commenting on the chilling but honest reality that the world is still facing the consequences. With photographs and resources.
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