Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown

by Steve Sheinkin
Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown

by Steve Sheinkin


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New York Times bestselling author Steve Sheinkin presents a follow up to his award-winning book Bomb: The Race to Buildand Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, taking readers on a terrifying journey into the Cold War and our mutual assured destruction.

As World War II comes to a close, the United States and the Soviet Union emerge as the two greatest world powers on extreme opposites of the political spectrum. After the United States showed its hand with the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, the Soviets refuse to be left behind. With communism sweeping the globe, the two nations begin a neck-and-neck competition to build even more destructive bombs and conquer the Space Race. In their battle for dominance, spy planes fly above, armed submarines swim deep below, and undercover agents meet in the dead of night.

The Cold War game grows more precarious as weapons are pointed towards each other, with fingers literally on the trigger. The decades-long showdown culminates in the Cuban Missile Crisis, the world's close call with the third—and final—world war.

Winner of the 2022 Kids' Book Choice Award for 6th to 8th Grade Book of the Year

A Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of 2021
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of 2021
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year

Praise for BOMB:

A Newbery Honor book
A National Book Awards finalist for Young People's Literature
A Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year title

“This is edge-of-the seat material that will resonate with YAs who clamor for true spy stories, and it will undoubtedly engross a cross-market audience of adults who dozed through the World War II unit in high school.” —BCCB, starred review

“...reads like an international spy thriller, and that's the beauty of it.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“[A] complicated thriller that intercuts action with the deftness of a Hollywood blockbuster.” —Booklist, , starred review

“A must-read…” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A superb tale of an era and an effort that forever changed our world.” —Kirkus

Also by Steve Sheinkin:

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
Which Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward Expansion
King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution
Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War
Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250149015
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 63,730
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

About The Author
Steve Sheinkin is the acclaimed author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories for young readers, including Born to Fly; Undefeated; Most Dangerous; The Port Chicago 50; Bomb; and The Notorious Benedict Arnold. His accolades include a Newbery Honor, three Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, a Sibert Medal, and three National Book Award finalist honors. Sheinkin lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Paperboy 1

Part I Two Hollow Coins 5

Cold Warrior 9

Hollow Com #1 15

The Super 19

The Long Game 27

The Worst Spy 33

The Turtle and the Dragon 38

Early Warning 44

Secret World 48

We Will Bury You 55

Man or Monster? 62

Hollow Coin #2 68

Zugzwang 75

Alive and Kicking 80

Center Stage 85

Little Boy Blue 91

Part 2 The Hedgehog and the Pants 99

Origin Story 103

First Pitch 110

The Countdown 116

Over America 124

The Bay of Pigs 130

The Headless Spy 140

Light the Candle 147

Vienna 155

Time to Start 161

The Berlin Wall 169

Human Race 176

Out of the East 184

The Decision 190

Part 3 Eyeball to Eyeball 197

Grave Issues 201

Special Weapons 207

Milk Run 212

Bullfighter 218

Pretty Bad Fix 223

Your Move 230

The Cuban Missile Crisis 237

If Time Permits 243

Blink 251

Knot of War 259

Final Offer 265

First Shot 272

Moscow Time 278

Rematch 287

Epilogue: Choose Your Own Ending 293

Source Notes 305

Bibliography 323

Acknowledgments 333

Image Credits 334

Index 335

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