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Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb

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Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb

Studying history seems to be the exact opposite of zooming out on the universe. Just when you think you have zoomed out the furthest, you find out that there is another star, another planet, another galaxy that is bigger. And this will, of course, never stop because the universe is expanding and we cannot know everything about anything that is infinite. It is the same thing with history. You can always go deeper into one specific topic and, sure, my American history class and my world history classes have both taught me about World War II. Yes, my physics and chemistry teachers talked about the political affiliations of Heisenberg and Bohr, but never was I taught the ins and outs of the vital heavy water production plant that proved to be so important to the war effort --- until SABOTAGE by Neal Bascomb, that is.

"I highly recommend this SABOTAGE to any history buff or science nerd like me --- you won’t be able to put it down!'

The jacket of this book describes it perfectly as a “page-turning nonfiction at its best.” However, I will often read books all in one sitting, and this book was a little difficult to follow in the beginning. There were too many things happening at the same time and I couldn’t follow how one mission or event related to the larger scheme of the novel. There were times I almost forgot what this book was about. The book did get more focused as the story went on, which helped me understand more about the characters and enjoy it more.

Personally, this was a cool read because it covered so much of modern, nuclear and atomic history. It has opened up a whole new world for me --- one filled with books about the history of science. For someone who is looking to possibly combine the two subjects into a career path, it was really informative for me to see how the two worlds of science and history collide. I highly recommend this SABOTAGE to any history buff or science nerd like me --- you won’t be able to put it down!

Reviewed by Pranshu A., Teen Board Member on June 3, 2016

Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb
by Neal Bascomb