4 stars. Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon combines science, spycraft, and history into a breakneck-paced volume written for a middle reader level. He presents secret agents, spy gear, and techniques, nuclear physics, world politics, and military tactics in a compulsively readable, richly illustrated volume.
One of the things that impressed me about Bomb is how its clear presentation of complex science and world events never “dumbs down” the subject matter. Explanations are cohesive and easy to understand, factual and at perfect readability for children. Sheinkin also presents the moral dilemmas surrounding nuclear power at an age-appropriate level without being patronizing or preachy.
Bomb is exactly how nonfiction for children should be presented, a book that entertains and enlightens.