I love a good narrative nonfiction book - the kind that tells a fascinating historical story, one with all sorts of implications for our lives now.
One such book is Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin. It tells the genuinely exciting story of the race to build atomic weapons during World War II.
While Robert Oppenheimer and his team were in Los Alamos developing uranium and plutonium bombs, daring commandos were intent on sabotaging the Nazi efforts to do the same. And Soviet spies were trying to steal the secrets from both. They would succeed, leading to the nuclear escalation of the Cold War.
What was Oppenheimer like? Who were the saboteurs? Who were the spies, and why did they do it? This book delves into their lives, motivations, and the way they felt once the Bomb was a reality.
|Harry Gold, soviet spy.|
If it sounds like a great story to you, don’t let the fact that this is a kids’ book bother you. Put it on hold today!