by Steve Sheinkin

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One fascinating story after another with great photographs of the people involved in the development of the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. Sheinkin is adapt at sharing the telling details that bring the characters to life. Oppenheimer’s dates for example are far from typical and give us more insight into the way he thought than a multitude of biographical facts. Focusing equally on the spies that were helping the soviet Union acquire the knowledge needed to compete shortly after the war ended brings a broader scope to the story as do the ways the U.S. works to hinder the German efforts. While there are many facts and explanations along the way about physics, the emphasis is on the people involved. Highly readable and well researched, this is an example of narrative nonfiction at its best.

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