A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Baker & Taylor
A graphic novel account of the race to construct the first atomic bomb and the decision to drop it, tracing the early research, the heated debates, and profiles of forefront Manhattan Project contributors.

McMillan Palgrave

Trinity, the debut graphic book by the gifted illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, depicts in vivid detail the dramatic history of the race to build and the decision to drop the first atomic bomb. This sweeping historical narrative traces the spark of invention from the laboratories of nineteenth-century Europe to the massive industrial and scientific efforts of the Manhattan Project. Along the way, Fetter-Vorm takes special care to explain the fundamental science of nuclear reactions. With the clarity and accessibility that only a graphic book can provide, Trinity transports the reader into the core of a nuclear reaction—into the splitting atoms themselves.

The power of the atom was harnessed in a top-secret government compound in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where some of the greatest scientific minds in the world gathered together to work on the bomb. Fetter-Vorm showcases J. Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, and General Leslie Groves, the fathers of the atomic bomb, whose insights unleashed the most devastating explosion known to humankind. These brilliant scientists wrestled daily with both the difficulty of building an atomic weapon and the moral implications of actually succeeding.

When the first bomb finally went off at a test site code-named Trinity, the world was irreversibly thrust into a new and terrifying age. With powerful renderings of the catastrophic events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Fetter-Vorm unflinchingly chronicles the far-reaching political, environmental, and ethical effects of this new discovery. Richly illustrated and deeply researched, Trinity is a dramatic, informative, and thought-provoking book on one of the most significant and harrowing events in history.

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An evocative account of the race to construct and decision to drop the first atomic bomb traces its early research, it rapid acceleration and the heated debates it inspired, sharing vivid explanations of the process of a nuclear chain reaction and profiles of forefront Manhattan Project contributors.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0809094681
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC F
Characteristics: 154 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Comment by: BCD2013 Jun 13, 2014

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Visionaries like Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer help to create the bomb that will change history.
- Andrea Lipinski

A graphic novel for those who doubt the veracity and strength of the graphic format and genre; this text, like the 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation from Ernie Colon and Sid Jacobson, distils complex informational text in an accessible, and ultimately shattering, way—visually depicting the human ... Read More »

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Jun 13, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Visionaries like Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer help to create the bomb that will change history.
- Andrea Lipinski

Feb 10, 2013
  • MelissaBee rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An accessible and interesting graphic novel that brings the story of the Manhattan project to life. The images and text also deliver an understanding of the workings of the bomb and expresses the many challenges of developing--and deploying--a weapon of mass destruction. An important American story reminding us of the difficult moral questions we all face a citizens of a super power.

Aug 18, 2012

"The fire will only stop when there is nothing left to burn". Trinity: a graphic history of the first atomic bomb is utterly compelling stuff.


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