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Bomb : The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
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Author Steve Sheinkin
Country United States
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Publication date
Media type Prints
Pages 272
ISBN 1596434872
OCLC 758244492
623.45119 SHE
LC Class UG1282.A8 .S235 2012

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon is a 2012 adolescent non-fiction book by author Steve Sheinkin. The book won the 2013 Newbery Honor and Sibert Medal from the American Library Association. This book follows the process of building the nuclear bomb by the discovery of nuclear fission by German scientist Otto Hahn on December 17, 1938.


The book traces the origin and development of the first atomic bomb. It follows the development of the atomic bomb from the discovery of nuclear fission through the Nazi heavy water manufacture to the Manhattan Project and the attempts of the Soviet Union to steal the bomb design, finishing at the dropping of the bombs on the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima Japan.


  • Winner of the 2013 Sibert Medal
  • Winner of the 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
  • A 2013 Newbery Medal Honor Book
  • 2012 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature
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