// January 27th, 2013 // Book Reviews

Title: Bomb

Author: Steve Sheinkin


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 3 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.

My Review:

For my Science Fair project in school, I was assigned the subject of Nuclear Fission. Not coincidentally *wink wink* (sometimes my parents are smart like that), I received the book Bomb as one of my Hanukkah presents(research into nuclear fission led up to being able to make an atomic bomb).

Bomb is a narrative. The events related to the Manhattan Project are told in the form of an interesting story. It is very detailed. It explains the destruction at Hiroshima, Trinity, and Nagasaki deeply. There are pictures at the beginning of each part which have a description about one of the main characters in the part. When the first atomic bomb exploded at Trinity (the first atomic bomb’s test site), everybody’s emotions after the explosion were told in an exciting way. I could feel how the characters were feeling, like they were popping out of the book and were standing right in front of me.

This book tells what scientists like Robert Oppenheimer and Soviet spies like Harry Gold did in an interesting way. Almost as if it is a made up story, not a true one. Another interesting thing about it is that at the beginning of the prologue, the first sentence is: He had a few more minutes to destroy seventeen years of evidence. The last sentence of the book is exactly the same as the first sentence of the prologue. I think that is really cool because the prologue is supposed to be an epilogue, but is put at the beginning to make the story go in a loop.

This book has a similar theme to Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. They are both non-fiction stories, and they are both narratives. They use the same writing style; telling non-fiction like an interesting story.

I rate this book 10 out of 10 stars. I recommend this book to people who liked Chasing Lincoln’s Killer or any other non-fiction narrative. I want my mom to get me a Geiger counter and some uranium, but that would probably alert the government and might cause the Iranians to kidnap me. My mother wouldn’t like that very much.


3 Responses to “Bomb”

  1. Sherri Fromowitz says:

    I was wondering when you were going to pick this book up. This book has made many top pick lists for 2012 and for good reason. I’m glad you enjoyed . The book’s non-fiction aspects are both informative and compelling. I loved the connections you made to
    Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. It brought back many memories.

  2. Harrison, did you see this? This book won all kinds of awards. I guess you weren’t the only one who liked it so much!

  3. Jeff Chen says:

    “My mother wouldn’t like that very much.”= hilarious!

    Great review!

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