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Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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“This superb and exciting work of nonfiction would be a fine tonic for any jaded adolescent who thinks history is "boring." It's also an excellent primer for adult readers who may have forgotten, or never learned, the remarkable story of how nuclear weaponry was first imagined, invented and deployed--and of how an international arms race began well before there was such a thing as an atomic bomb.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“This is edge-of-the seat material that will resonate with YAs who clamor for true spy stories, and it will undoubtedly engross a cross-market audience of adults who dozed through the World War II unit in high school.” ―BCCB, starred
“...reads like an international spy thriller, and that's the beauty of it.” ―School Library Journal, starred
“[a] complicated thriller that intercuts action with the deftness of a Hollywood blockbuster.” ―Booklist
“A must-read…” ―Publishers Weekly, starred
“A superb tale of an era and an effort that forever changed our world.” ―Kirkus, starred
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Having been involved with the nuclear weapons program with a high security clearance, assigned to the Defense Atomic Support Agency, Field Command at Sandia Base, Albuquerque, NM, and a person who has researched the Manhattan Project, later using my knowledge to write my first novel based upon the Soviet version of the Manhattan Project (the Soviet program has several names), I was delighted by the author’s attention to detail, ability to explain the program in an understandable and interesting manner, and his historical and technical accuracy.
The Manhattan Project was in the 1940s the greatest engineering, scientific and manufacturing effort in the history of mankind. A program that made America the first real superpower, and something all Americans should be proud of.
I will add a couple of facts the author may not have known. The Little Boy dropped on Hiroshima had a yield of 12-13 kilotons, not 20KT. The reason was pre-detonation, the fission reaction began as the U-235 “projectile” entered the U-235 “target rings,” reducing the yield.
The Soviets detonated a 50 megaton weapon (the yield may have been greater) know as “Tsar Bomba” and the bomb detonated was scaled down from the designed yield of 100MT.
The Soviet ability to penetrate the Manhattan Project illustrates how difficult it is to keep secrets—something true then and still true today.
Written for school children, BOMB is a book anyone interested in American history, and the history of the Manhattan Project will enjoy.
BOMB is an easy, insightful read, and I highly recommend it.
and the elements and chemistry. (Like a lot of kids his age, he also likes the Wimpy Kid Series.) "Bomb" really makes history come ALIVE for him. Some of the Landmark Series books -- which go back to 1951 -- did the same for him. (I read them as kid and they did the same for me.) Our youngster also loves similar Landmark Series history books like "Bomb". Such as: "The Monitor and the Merrimack"; "The Sinking of the Bismarck"; and "The Story of Submarines".Available at Amazon. Link: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search alias%3Dstripbooks&fieldkeywords=landmark+series+history+books&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Alandmark+series+history+books
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Although this isn't the type of book I usually read, I must say I found it very entertaining, informative and I would definitely recommend it.