Sam  Kean-The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb

Sam Kean

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Sam Kean is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including The Bastard Brigade, The Dueling Neurosurgeons, and The Disappearing Spoon. His stories have appeared in The Best American Nature and Science Writing, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, and Slate, and his work has been featured on NPR’s “Radiolab,” “Science Friday,” “All Things Considered,” and “Fresh Air.”

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The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb

Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely have the secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. In the middle of building an atomic bomb, the leaders of the Manhattan Project were alarmed to learn that Nazi Germany was far outpacing the Allies in nuclear weapons research. Hitler, with just a few pounds of uranium, would have the capability to reverse the entire D-Day operation and conquer Europe. So they assembled a rough and motley crew of geniuses - dubbed the Alsos Mission - and sent them careening into Axis territory to spy on, sabotage, and even assassinate members of Nazi Germany's feared Uranium Club. From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes The Bastard Brigade, a gripping, untold story of a renegade group of scientists and spies determined to keep Adolf Hitler from obtaining the ultimate prize: a nuclear bomb.

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The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb

From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes the gripping, untold story of a renegade group of scientists and spies determined to keep Adolf Hitler from obtaining the ultimate prize: a nuclear bomb. Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely have the secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. Allied leaders were terrified to learn that Nazi Germany was far outpacing us in atomic bomb research. With just a few pounds of uranium, Hitler could reverse the entire D-Day operation and conquer Europe. So they assembled a motley crew of geniuses – dubbed the Alsos Mission – and sent them careening into Axis territory to spy on, sabotage, and even assassinate members of Nazi Germany’s feared Uranium Club. The details of the mission rival the finest spy thriller, but what makes this story sing is the incredible cast of characters. These include: Moe Berg, a major-league baseball catcher turned assassin; Joe Kennedy Jr., whose need to out-macho his kid brother (future president John F. Kennedy) led him to volunteer for the most dangerous missions the Navy had to offer; Irène Curie, the Nobel Prize-winning daughter of legendary scientist Marie Curie; and many more. Thrust into the dark world of international espionage, these scientists and soldiers played a vital and largely untold role in turning back one ofthe darkest tides in human history. BUY THIS BOOK!

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