Bomb; The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon is the story of the development and birth of the atomic age, complete with James Bond-like intrigue; it is fact that reads like finely-tuned fiction. Steve Sheinkin (The Notorious Benedict Arnold) weaves for the reader the web of devices and desires of scientists and spies, common men and countries, from the first inklings of a scientific breakthrough through the dichotomy of success and heartbreak when the bombs are dropped on Japan. Unlike standard nonfiction, this book follows the story from its introduction through its climax and denoument, interweaving characters, conditions, and subplots. There is suspense and intensity and a structure that frames it all--ending with the same line that it begins with. The language allows access to rather esoteric subject matters--nuclear physics and espionage--without dumbing them down nor drying them out. The characters (the Bomb included) flesh out from the reader's first introductions to their final exits, creating a lasting impression of the blood, sweat and tears involved in the infancy of the arms race.
Steve Sheinkin has written an exceptional page-turner, expertly researched and documented, a powerful true story which proves that truth can be wrought as compelling as fiction.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Please note: This book was published 9/4/12, but is not currently owned by KCLS.
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Beth @ Bellevue