This one is a big “WOW.” Sheinkin weaves three stories together: 1) Robert Oppenheimer leading the Manhattan Project (especially the part in Los Alamos, New Mexico) to design and build an atomic bomb before the Germans can. 2) The effort by British Special Operations to destroy Germany’s ability to build their bomb, focused on the incredibly brave secret mission by Norwegian underground fighters to destroy the Vemork Heavy Water factory in Norway. 3) The Russian spies who successfully stole the plans to the atomic bomb and passed them to Russsia, leading to the Cold War’s nuclear standoff.
Sheinkin involves the reader by focusing on the stories of the people involved, from Oppenheimer and physicists like Richard Feynman to Norwegian hero Knut Haukelid, and to Americans turned Russian spies: Harry Gold and Ted Hall. The book reads like a combination of war epic and spy thriller. Sheinkin read dozens of books and hundreds of declassified government documents to prepare for this telling and there is an extensive bibliography if you want to pursue any story line further. Let me give this one more “Wow!” Author: Steve Sheinkin
Recommended by: Steve Bridge, Irvington Branch Library
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Today, February 8, 2013 is National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Girl Scouts selling cookies are all over town. Find one and stock up on some thin mints. The best kind. Obviously.
In honor of this day, here is a new biography of Juliette Gordon Low (otherwise known as “Daisy”). Juliette knew how to make things happen.
Daisy is ready for adventure and when she grows up she goes and gets it. She rides an elephant. She rides in an airplane. And when she’s done she goes home and teaches girls how to have adventures too. Daisy is Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. She held the first meeting of the Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912 and together they discovered they could do anything!
||When Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912, the first uniforms were blue and their handbook was “How Girls Can Help Their Country.” The Girl Scouts were organized around a set of principles known as the “Girl Scout Law”: honor, loyalty, friendliness, courtesy, befriending animals, obeying orders, cheerfulness, thriftiness and cleanliness. This first aid kit and game handbook was used in 1929 one year after the group adopted a green uniform. IndyPL Digital Collections: Artifacts from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Juliette Gordon Low began the Girl Scouts based upon Sir Robert Baden-Powell’s Boy Scouts and Girl Guides program in England. Now in 90 countries, 3.6 million Girl Scouts explore the world around them developing important life skills. Beginning in 1935 any Senior Scout troop could choose to be a Mariner troop. These troops devoted time to outdoor activities including boating and camping to explore recreational and vocational activities. Much like the Boy Scout’s Sea Scouts, the program ended when girls could join the coed Sea Scouts in 1971. Instead of wearing the traditional green uniform, Mariners wore this blue uniform worn by Peoria, Illinois scout Colleen Cowan in the 1960s. IndyPL Digital Collections: Artifacts from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
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