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The Manhattan Project
Cohen, Daniel, 1936-
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Discusses the personalities and events involved in the research, development and detonation of the atomic bombs built by the United States in the 1940s.
Reading Level:
1070 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.9 5.0 29015.

Reading Counts RC High School 7.9 8 Quiz: 21744 Guided reading level: NR.
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QC773.3.U5 C64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
QC773.3.U5 C64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The Manhattan Project had it all -- spies, intrigue, secrets, politics, Well-known author Daniel Cohen gives an enthusiastic telling of the exciting story of the first atomic bomb.

Author Notes

Daniel Cohen was born Daniel Edward Reba in Chicago, Illinois on March 12, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. He worked at Time magazine and Science Digest before he began writing books. His books for children and teenagers dealt with ghosts, U.F.O.s, the occult, ESP, vampires, werewolves, conspiracies, cloning, weather, and the human genome. He also wrote biographies of the astronomer Carl Sagan and Jesse Ventura.

His only child, Theodora Cohen, was killed in the December 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. He and his wife Susan Cohen exhaustively sought justice for their daughter and the 269 other victims of the bombing. They wrote several books together including When Someone You Know Is Gay and Pan Am 103: The Bombing, the Betrayals, and a Bereaved Family's Search for Justice. He died from sepsis on May 6, 2018 at the age of 82.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. In 1939, rumors of German atomic research sent American officials into a panic. In order to stop Hitler and end the war, President Roosevelt secretly authorized funding for a group of the world's best scientists to develop the most powerful weapon ever, and the first atomic bomb was successfully built. Cohen's detailed account of the Manhattan Project includes recently revealed information, making for an excellent resource and fascinating read. Government officials, project leaders, scientists, and spies are discussed in depth, as are the scientific breakthroughs enabling the atomic and hydrogen bombs to be built. Cohen offers perspective on the significance and continuing impact of atomic bombs on international relations, and how fear, mistrust, and politics can lead the government to keep things from the public. Historically and scientifically illuminating, this well-written, dramatic story of political intrigue and the birth of the arms race conveys the magnitude of one of the twentieth century's most profoundly defining events. Chapter notes; chronology; bibliography. --Shelle Rosenfeld

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-A solid recounting of an irrevocable turning point in world history-the creation of the atomic bomb. Cohen introduces the key players and details the evolution of this project from its beginnings in New York during the early years of World War II to its completion in New Mexico. He describes the events and reactions surrounding the use of the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. Although the book focuses on the United States, thwarted German research attempts and Soviet and German espionage efforts are included. Cohen's inclusion of intriguing tidbits and interesting quotations makes history come alive in this volume. A chronology, an excellent bibliography, an index, and appropriate black-and-white photos add to the book's accessibility and usefulness.-Joanne K. Cecere, Highland High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.