• Bomb

  • The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
  • By: Steve Sheinkin
  • Narrated by: Roy Roy Samuelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (564 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Newbery Honor book

A National Book Awards finalist for Young People's Literature

Perfect for middle grade listeners and history enthusiasts, New York Times best-selling author Steve Sheinkin presents the fascinating and frightening true story of the creation behind the most destructive force that birthed the arms race and the Cold War in Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon.

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents.

In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

©2013 Steve Sheinkin (P)2013 Listening Libary

Critic Reviews

Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year title

“This superb and exciting work of nonfiction would be a fine tonic for any jaded adolescent who thinks history is "boring". It's also an excellent primer for adult readers who may have forgotten, or never learned, the remarkable story of how nuclear weaponry was first imagined, invented and deployed - and of how an international arms race began well before there was such a thing as an atomic bomb.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“This is edge-of-the seat material that will resonate with YAs who clamor for true spy stories, and it will undoubtedly engross a cross-market audience of adults who dozed through the World War II unit in high school.” (The Bulletin - starred review)

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Clear and Concise History of the First Bomb

Please note that this book has received awards for its excellence for young adults. I was hesitant at first because I was looking for an adult book covering the science and history on the making of the first nuclear bomb and about Robert Oppenheimer, the father of that first bomb. This book is not in any way childish. It gives a clear and concise history of all the events. I am completely satisfied with the book. It is an excellent place to start. Having read this you want more details, more in-depth information about the main characters. I prefer starting with a background of the entire event before plunging into a book focused on Oppenheimer himself. Now I want to know more about this man. He is fascinating; first he makes the bomb and he is at the same time one of first to be aware of its dangers! I have already begun American Prometheus by Kai Bird, a biography focused just on Oppenheimer.

I gave this book three stars because I like it. It reads like a good Wiki article. It has all the prominent facts. This happened and this happened and then this. One event after another. You get a picture of the path toward the making of the bomb, its actual construction and the political environment of those times – WW2, the race for the scientific knowledge and McCarthyism. It is amazing how differently the people spying for the Soviets were punished….and why each thought the Soviets should have this knowledge.

Having read this book, I now can easily go further. There is little character analysis in this book, and that is what I am looking for in my next book on this topic. You certainly cannot start your education in the tenth grade…..now I have prepared myself.

Concerning the audiobook narration by Roy Samuelson, it was excellent. He doesn’t over-dramatize the lines or the events. They are exciting in themselves and do not need extra emphasis. Good speed and clear enunciation too. I can highly recommend this as an audiobook.

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So interesting and great performance!

What a well written book for young people! I am an adult and enjoyed it immensely even though I think it would be best for 5th - 9th graders. Especially those interested in science or engineering, but really anyone who just wants to know about history.

I knew very little about the subject of the Manhattan Project and I would not be interested in an entire adult book on this subject, so this was perfect. The author keeps the suspense going as if it is a spy novel, which is basically is, except it is all true!

After finishing this I went right to the Internet and looked up all these people and places for more information. The actual book gives great timelines and further resources and photos, but the audio is great just for the absorbing story.

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Interesting

Book was informational and good I am out of words and have to put more so words words. But it is interesting

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Great Book!

Listened to this on a long drive and loved the storytelling. The right blend of science, suspense and history to keep me entertained. would recommend for young adults also.

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Interesting for the whole family!

We wanted to go for long car rides just to listen to this book! My kids are 11, 9, and 7. They were gripped by this story. They learned history and politics. Excellent book!

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“Page” turner

Good luck sleeping for a couple of days! I couldn’t hit the pause! Amazing story!

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Great for parents as well as kids!

Enjoyed the narration of this “recommended summer read” for my 8th grader. Brings this solemn part of history all together. Looking forward to Fallout.

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very interesting

Very interesting depiction of our History of developing the atomic bomb. I liked the insights and concise news. we'll done.

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phenomenal

One of the best true stories ever told, and written amazingly well. Incredibly engaging and exciting.

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Amazing story. Worth the time!

Loved it! Great narration. A story worth listening. The historical facts are well written and accurate according to most historical accounts.

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  • 02-19-21

This Book is awesome! A must listen

The book tells the whole story of the atomic bomb. From the Oppenheimer who invented it, and Tibbits who dropped it.

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  • Daniel Beydoun
  • 04-18-17

Engaging listen for an historical text

Very much enjoyed it and learnt heaps along the way. A reminder of how lethal these weapons are. We can only pray for a de escalation of worldwide arsenals.