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

Sheinkin, Steve

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2012
ISBN: 1596434872
Characteristics: 266 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm


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Spies, scientists, and sabotage! The true story of the creator of the world's most devastating weapon, the spy who tries to steal their plans, and the sabotage of Germany's efforts to create their own bomb.

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Aug 07, 2014
  • angemon44 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

just orderd this book for summer reading. im so excited

Jun 23, 2014
  • epadomek rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book very fascinating to read! It was amazing to learn things like how Oppenheimer almost wasn't allowed to work on the Manhattan project because the FBI was concerned about him having ties to communists. So many other interesting things, I don't want to give away!

Jan 16, 2013
  • CRRL_AngelaCritics rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Intrigue, spying, resistance fighters behind enemy lines sabotaging the Nazis - this book has it all! While scientists in the United States race to build an atomic bomb before the Nazis do, resistance fighters target a vital power plant in Norway to sabotage the Nazi effort and the Soviet Union frantically tries to get spies inside the project to steal the plans. The story is true but it reads like a classic spy novel.

This is a great story, masterfully told. Excellent reporting and research. It reads like a thriller. You know how it ends ... it's history, after all. But you still can't put it down!

Great book for adults and teens alike


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Aug 12, 2014
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