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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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

By Steve Sheinkin
Lexile = 920

As you can tell by the photo of the cover at left, this book has won many awards. As much as I love non-fiction and World War II stories, this wasn't a book that I rushed to pick up. Then it was selected by my "old lady" book club as the book for September! So I'm all ready for that meeting. I already knew about the top secret lab as Los Alamos, New Mexico that created and tested the first atomic bombs that were eventually deployed over Japan, ending the war. Here is what I learned.

Even though the Soviet Empire was our ally in the war, there was a great race between the US and the Soviets to get the technology first. This is a great story of spies and infiltration done mostly by nerdy science types. I also learned about the commando raid on a German lab located in Norway intended to destroy the Axis' attempt to get the bomb.

The Bomb is intended for children perhaps a bit younger than my Ridgeline audience, but it is packed with facts that will interest you. It's just written for kiddos so it is easier to understand!

Watch a video of the author receiving the National Book Award HERE.

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