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Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon


I love books that distill complicated scientific processes and concepts into something that the average reader can understand. If they are compelling and engaging, so much the better!  Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon  (Roaring Brook/Flashpoint 2012) by Steve Sheinkin is just such a book.

Full of gripping accounts of espionage, wartime heroics, and scientific breakthroughs, Bomb also explains the properties of Uranium 235, the phenomenon of heavy water, and the science of nuclear fission and chain reactions.  In addition to scientific principles, Bomb examines the nature and workings of the worldwide scientific community, as well as the more personal process of collaborative experimentation and discovery.  Even those without an interest in science will find Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon to be a fascinating account of a major milestone in science and history – one that has forever shaped the world we live in.  Both the print and audio versions are sure to inspire further interest in the science of nuclear power.

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For a modern look at the legacy of nuclear power, Fred Bortz’s Meltdown! The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future is another well-done scientific, nonfiction, narrative for young readers.

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3 thoughts on “Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

  1. Bomb is a terrific read. It reads like a spy novel. At NC Teacher Stuff, I am featuring Fine Feathered Friends which is a new iPad app:

  2. Bomb has definitely set a new standard for science nonfiction.

    Jeff and I must be thinking alike this morning because I have National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America: The Best Birding Book for Kids from National Geographic’s Bird Experts by Jonathan Alderfer