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


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$19.99  $18.59
Roaring Brook Press
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6.3 X 8.9 X 1.4 inches | 1.3 pounds

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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.


"In this gripping account, Newbery Honor Book author and Sibert medalist Sheinkin offers an intense narrative that captures the terrifying tensions of the Cold War." --Booklist, starred review

"Sheinkin reprises his role as masterful, ever-so-wry storyteller, winking his audience into complicity in his critique of boneheaded brinksmanship..." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"In tightly organized chapters adorned with historical photos, Sheinkin seamlessly weaves the stories of different players and includes meticulously well-researched details to personalize and humanize his subjects... A first purchase for all teen collections." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Throughout, the highly charged narrative maintains a strong perspective and keen attention to detail, rounding out the figures involved--such as the American pilot Gary Powers, who flew U-2 jets to spy on Russia--with character and personality." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Steve Sheinkin recounts the "most intense years of the Cold War" with a cinematic writing style that is keenly detailed... Look no further for informative and entertaining nonfiction." --Shelf Awareness, starred review

"Sheinkin crafts an epic narrative with a large cast of characters, far-flung settings, multiple plot strands, and rising suspense, further evidence that one of our best nonfiction writers is also one of our best storytellers." -- Book Horn Magazine, starred review

"Steve Sheinkin's new nonfiction thriller about the Cold War is like one of its key emblems, the U-2 spy plane: fast, lean and able to survey a huge amount of territory." --The New York Times

"An account of a gripping real-life adventure that isn't over yet." --Kirkus Reviews