By Steve Sheinkin
<p>In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a stunning discovery: while put subsequent to radioactive fabric, a Uranium atom cut up in . that easy discovery introduced a systematic race that spanned three continents. In nice Britain and the USA, Soviet spies labored their means into the clinical group; in Norway, a commando strength slipped at the back of enemy traces to assault German heavy-water production; and deep within the wasteland, one amazing workforce of scientists was once hidden away at a distant website at Los Alamos. this can be the tale of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's such a lot ambitious weapon. this can be the tale of the atomic bomb. </p><p>
<i>Bomb</i> is a 2012 nationwide publication Awards finalist for younger People's Literature. </p><p>
<i>Bomb</i> is a 2012 <i>Washington Post</i> top youngsters Books of the yr title....
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At Poland they drew the line. A German attack on Poland, they warned, would mean war with Britain and France. ” He ordered the German military to prepare an all-out invasion of Poland. Hitler knew this might ignite a much wider war, but he was not worried about taking the blame. “In starting and waging a war,” he told his generals, “it is not right that matters, but victory. Close your hearts to pity! Act brutally! ” FINDING EINSTEIN ON THE HOT SUNNY MORNING of July 16, 1939, a Dodge coupe pulled to the sandy side of the road in the oceanfront town of Patchogue, New York.
His famous mane of white hair was windswept from a morning of sailing on Long Island Sound. He welcomed the weary Hungarians, inviting them to sit down and have some iced tea. After a few minutes of small talk, Szilard and Wigner brought up the subject they’d come to discuss. They told Einstein about the newest discoveries in fission and explained how uranium might be used to build devastating bombs. Einstein hadn’t been following the fission research. He took a minute to process the science. ” Einstein quickly realized that with atomic bombs, Adolf Hitler would be absolutely unstoppable.
The message to Soviet leaders was clear. If the Soviets were going to get an atomic bomb any time in the near future, they were going to have to steal it. * * * THIS WAS A JOB FOR THE KGB. In March 1942, Semyon Semyonov and his fellow KGB agents in New York got a coded telegram from Moscow headquarters explaining the task. “Germany and the USA are frantically working to obtain uranium,” Moscow warned, “and use it as an explosive to make bombs of enormous destructive power, and to all appearances, this problem is quite close to practical solution.