Friday, December 21, 2012
BOMB: THE RACE TO BUILD AND STEAL THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON by Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook Press, 2012.
Here is another of the books shortlisted for the YALSA Excellence in Nonficiton Award. Sheinkin won the award last year for THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD (run out and read this one if you have not already). Once again, Sheinkin brings his storytelling talents to history as readers learn about the inner workings of the development of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Physics and espionage combined to make this undertaking one of immense danger. Sheinkin walks readers through the story with careful attention to detail. Suddenly the scientists trying to come up with the design of the bomb are more flesh and blood, more human. Fast paced and fascinating, Sheinkin shines a light into all the corners of this monumental period of history. <670>