Winner of the 2011 Reader Views Literary Award for Historical Fiction.
First they tried to deny her. Then they tried to destroy her. But she survived to discover nuclear fission and spark the race for the atomic bomb.
Imagine a story of hate and greed, intrigue and danger, war and destruction, the slaughter of the innocents on a biblical scale and the collapse of empire. And imagine at the center of it all one woman, brilliant but shy, victimized but resolute, betrayed but ultimately vindicated. What a story that would make! Well, you don't have to imagine it, because that is the Lise Meitner story. And I didn't have to invent any of it . . . it's all true.
Originally from England, Tom Weston now resides in Boston, Massachusetts. His works include the fantasy based, Alex and Jackie Adventures, and the collection of short stories, Tales from the Green Dragon Tavern.
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
"Fission" by Tom Weston is based on a true story. Our tale centers on Lise Mietner, a Physicist. Women were expected to get married and raise a family, not to dream or pursue a career and especially not in a field like Physics. The year was 1906 when Hitler was recruiting some of the most brilliant minds in the world. Meitner meets and works with several well-known men including Albert Einstein. However, the person she worked with the closest was Otto Hahn, a chemist. Their research focused on radioactivity and nuclear physics. Their research took Mietner in a different direction as she became a spokesperson on the topic. You may be asking yourself why you are not familiar with the name of Lise Mietner. She was born into a Jewish family in 1878. Hitler hated the Jewish people and removed her name from any of her published research. She barely managed to escape Berlin with her life.
Tom Weston brings Lise Mietner’s story to life. He depicts her in a positive light allowing her personality to shine through as well as her intelligence. Mietner is a shining example for young women today, clearly demonstrating that women can have a successful career. Since I was not familiar with Mietner, I truly appreciated Weston’s ability to show her as a multidimensional character. It is obvious that Weston spent much time researching her life. He did an incredible job of pulling the reader into this book allowing him or her to experience the culture of the era. Kudos to Mr. Weston.