A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

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Trinity , the debut graphic book by the gifted illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, depicts in vivid detail the dramatic history of the race to build and the decision to drop the first atomic bomb. This sweeping historical narrative traces the spark of invention from the laboratories of nineteenth-century Europe to the massive industrial and scientific efforts of the Manhattan Project. Along the way, Fetter-Vorm takes special care to explain the fundamental science of nuclear reactions. With the clarity and accessibility that only a graphic book can provide, Trinity transports the reader into the core of a nuclear reaction--into the splitting atoms themselves.

The power of the atom was harnessed in a top-secret government compound in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where some of the greatest scientific minds in the world gathered together to work on the bomb. Fetter-Vorm showcases J. Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, and General Leslie Groves, the fathers of the atomic bomb, whose insights unleashed the most devastating explosion known to humankind. These brilliant scientists wrestled daily with both the difficulty of building an atomic weapon and the moral implications of actually succeeding.

When the first bomb finally went off at a test site code-named Trinity, the world was irreversibly thrust into a new and terrifying age. With powerful renderings of the catastrophic events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Fetter-Vorm unflinchingly chronicles the far-reaching political, environmental, and ethical effects of this new discovery. Richly illustrated and deeply researched, Trinity is a dramatic, informative, and thought-provoking book on one of the most significant and harrowing events in history.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780809094684
Branch Call Number: TEEN 623.451 FET
Characteristics: 154 pages :,chiefly illustrations ;,24 cm


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Sep 23, 2018

A very well-considered mix of scientific explanation, gripping narrative, and sober reflection on the ethics of nuclear weapons.

May 27, 2018

This well illustrated history book beautifully describes the science, engineering, and politics around the construction of the world's first atomic bomb.

ArapahoeLesley Mar 05, 2017

A bit of history lesson, a bit of science lesson and a huge lesson in how disgusting humans are.

Jan 11, 2017

A good, quick run down of the Manhattan Project and those involved.

Jun 04, 2015

I think this is an interesting first book for kids about the creation of the atomic bomb. I have not read it yet; going to see what my kids think of it.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Visionaries like Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer help to create the bomb that will change history.
- Andrea Lipinski

Feb 10, 2013

An accessible and interesting graphic novel that brings the story of the Manhattan project to life. The images and text also deliver an understanding of the workings of the bomb and expresses the many challenges of developing--and deploying--a weapon of mass destruction. An important American story reminding us of the difficult moral questions we all face a citizens of a super power.

Donna_R Aug 18, 2012

"The fire will only stop when there is nothing left to burn". Trinity: a graphic history of the first atomic bomb is utterly compelling stuff.

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