Monday, March 25, 2013

Bibliophile's Corner

The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
by Steve Sheinkin

Flap Copy Description:
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, dealing with the tiniest of particles, launched a cut-throat race that would span three continents. The players were the greatest scientists, the most expert spies, hardened military commandos, and some of the most ruthless dictators who ever lived. The prize: military dominance over the entire world.
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:
Steve Sheinkin's remarkable account of one of the most top secret U.S. government projects in history won him the 2013 Sibert Award (Non-fiction for Children), the 2013 YALSA Award, and a 2013 Newbery Honor Award! Whether or not you are a history buff, this book will keep you riveted from the first page to the last. I have read books on Oppenheimer, Einstein, and Truman, but this book shines the light on these historical figures (and many more) in a fresh and informative way. Although there are so many positive points to this book that could be mentioned, one thought stands out to me: Our youth of today need to hear this story. The detailed accounts of the devastation on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the U.S. dropped atom bombs must always be remembered. Mr. Sheinkin does not shy away from the truth regarding the government of the United States during the tumultuous time of World War II in 1945. I would highly recommend BOMB to readers from the ages of eight to eighty!

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  1. It seems like this book will make the WWII era and Atomic Age fascinating for young minds. Love the vintage look of the cover.

    1. I know waht you mean, Brandi - I think the cover is perfect! Have a great week.

  2. I love this time period in American history. Such a crazy time with the world at war. I always find "the bomb" an interesting subject. I grew up with atomic bomb was such a real threat in my childhood.

    My kids look at pictures of "the bomb" and cannot believe their eyes. I have to remind them that it is very real.

    Thanks for the review, Vicki! The book sounds interesting.

    1. I'm not surprised that this book caught your attention, Loree, being the history buff that you are! Have an awesome week!

  3. I love how great discoveries come from simple actions. This book sounds great.