Sheinkin, Steve Bomb: The race to build and steal the world’s most dangerous weapon 272 pgs. Flash Point, 2012. $13.59. (Rating: PG)
This book is the history of the Atomic bomb. From scientists –like Albert Einstein, to spies –like Harry Gold, this book is choked full of historical figures and information.
I am a big history buff, so I was excited to read this detailed story. But it was a drag to read, just page after page of text, and more and more hard to remember ‘characters’. Hardly any photographs and no text definition –like bolds or information blurbs, which made it boring for me and even at times, hard to follow. This makes it totally not a user friendly for students. On top of that, it skips around in time and place, so it would be confusing for a student researcher –who would need to read this start to finish to fully understand it –even to extract information. I realize this book was highly rated by all the popular book reviews sites for librarians, and is even up for an award, and I am sure it illuminates a previously untold story –but I don’t recommend it for a school library.
HS –NOT RECOMMENED Reviewer: Stephanie School Librarian & Author.