Study Guide

Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the Worlds Most Dangerous Weapon Power

By Steve Sheinkin


There are many different kinds of power, just as there are many different ways to wield it. It'd be hard to avoid discussions about power in Bomb: The Race to Build—And Steal—The World's Most Dangerous Weapon, seeing as it's a book about the creation of the world's most dangerous weapon. But part of what makes this story so interesting is discovering the effect such a powerful weapon had, not only in terms of destruction, but regarding the emotions it raised in the scientists who created it, and the political ramifications it carried.

Questions About Power

  1. What are some examples of the different types of power discussed in Bomb?
  2. What are the different reactions characters have to acquiring power?
  3. If power could be defined as good and evil, how would you categorize the atomic bomb? How do you think Oppenheimer would define it?
  4. What were Einstein's thoughts on atomic power?

Chew on This

This books shows that there is no such thing as too much power, there's only incorrect uses of power.

This book shows that there is definitely such thing as too much power.