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

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. In the middle of building an atomic bomb, the leaders of From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes the gripping, untold story of a renegade group of scientists an...

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Title:The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb
Author:Sam Kean
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Genres:History
ISBN:0316381683
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

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

  • Sarah Ewald
    Aug 15, 2019
    OMG. I was blown away by this book. Could not put it down. At 464 pages, (420 of actual story), it is a weighty book, but I sped through it. I learned about WWII in high school and I have read several books about the war, but this went way beyond whatever what I thought I knew. Scien...
  • Jeffrey Ogden Thomas
    Aug 02, 2019
    Exciting and fascinating book about WW2. The 5-star rating recognizes both its content and pacing: the author gathers from so many sources and stitches together the most exciting bits, yet maintaining the atomic thread throughout. Some of the chapters may seem a bit helter-skelter, and...
  • Craig
    Oct 03, 2019
    I recently stumbled upon a non-fiction book that reads like a high stakes thriller with the fate of the world in the balance. The catch is that the story that Sam Kean tells really happened. 'The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Naz...
  • Gordon
    Sep 11, 2019
    If you are of a scientific bent (and I have to stretch to make any claim to that), and you love history, this book that I picked up on a whim at another library is for you. It deals with the mad race by Americans of every stripe from a polyglot professional baseball player and full-tim...
  • Todd
    Jul 21, 2019
    Kean gets the balance of science, history, and story telling about as right as you can in this excellent account of the Allies efforts to disrupt the building of a Nazi nuke. The Nazis ultimately did not come all that close to building a weapon and most of the Allies efforts to disrupt...
  • Ron
    Sep 18, 2019
    Are you looking for a read that promises, intrigue, dashing heroes, derring-do galore, plus a dash of science? Well then, just settle yourself down, pick up The Bastard Brigade and join with Sam Kean as he finally writes a book on physics! After opening with Boris Pash leading an Al...
  • Tish
    Jul 28, 2019
    Great story about WWII and the chase to develop the Atomic Bomb. While the Americans had their Manhattan Project, the Nazis had their Uranium Club. The story follows the exploits of the world?s top physicists, along with an interesting cast of characters who try to find them and dest...
  • Thomas Edmund
    Jul 27, 2019
    By Kean's own admission B***** Brigade is a departure from his usual style, being a more focused A to B story. Although is some respects the story is much like the Brigade, an intriguing whole pieced together from bits and pieces all over. It's hard to explain, the story isn't a straig...
  • Kristy Ann
    Aug 26, 2019
    If you enjoy reading about science or WWII, you will like this book. If you, like me, are interested in both topics, then you will LOVE this book. ...
  • Pam Walter
    Sep 19, 2019
    Sam Kean has shed light on a WWII subject that until now has remained in the shadows. "The Bastard Brigade" is the true story of the renegade scientists and spies who sabotaged the nazi development of the atomic bomb. Who knew that such a raucous and deadly fight to the finis...
  • Steve
    Jul 16, 2019
    An amazing and very interesting book. This is a cross between science and espionage. During World War II, Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany had an idea to develop the atomic bomb and had some German scientists, known as the Uranium Club to work on the project. Of course, it never happened. ...
  • Lisa
    Jul 21, 2019
    Great read! Real-life spy story and science book rolled together in one. I loved learning about the talented Moe Berg--baseball player and spy, about nuclear physics, about Joe Kennedy Jr and the crazy spy operations implemented to disrupt the Nazi atomic bomb project. And thank you fo...
  • Dennis Hogan
    Aug 04, 2019
    Finished The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb by Sam Kean. The name of the book is a bit misleading. This book is a comprehensive look at Allied efforts to prevent Hitler from developing atomic weapons. It was a ?...
  • Richard
    Sep 02, 2019
    Terrific story of Moe Berg and the OSS in Europe. The focus is on the atomic side of things, specifically preventing the Nazis from getting a bomb. The author does a great job of explaining the physics of nuclear fission in a manner anyone should be able to understand. The annoying bit...
  • NinaB
    Aug 19, 2019
    What an excellent book written by one of my favorite authors. This fact-filled non-fiction about the group of men whose main purpose was to destroy Hitler?s nuclear program, reads like a novel. Dubbed as the Bastard Brigade because of their covert mission under no one?s official au...
  • Zora
    Oct 21, 2019
    1.5 stars Not sure why he fixated on such utterly unimportant characters. Joe Kennedy? Ridiculous choice. It's as if he has some weird celebrity crush, what with Kennedy and the baseball player getting so many of the words. He also calls people terms like "fink." (Yeah, I know, I'm not...
  • Jen
    May 23, 2019
    The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Plot to Stop the Nazi Atomic Bomb was a surprise in a number of ways. In spite of my interest in WWII, I wasn't sure if this one would be a winner for me. There is some physics involved, which made me a bit leery, but Sam Kean keeps it simple ...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Jul 22, 2019
    Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: Sam Kean, who wrote the delightfully informative Caesar?s Last Breath in 2017 about the topic of gases, including a section on nuclear bombs, delves more deeply into the history of the atomic bomb in The Bastard Brigade. Though the subtit...
  • Eric Sullenberger
    Aug 04, 2019
    I might be a little biased because I love Sam Kean's other books, I love physics and science in general, and because he indirectly mentions meaning me in the introduction to this book but I LOVE this book. To get it out of the way, he mentioned in the introduction to his book that he's...
  • Ross Blocher
    Sep 27, 2019
    Sam Kean is already one of my favorite authors, and his latest offering is yet another fantastic blend of science and human interest. The Bastard Brigade unfolds the Allied effort to prevent Nazi Germany from building an atomic bomb. We've all considered the horrifying counterfactual o...
  • Collette
    Jul 11, 2019
    I heard an interview with the author on Science Friday and ordered the book immediately. Wow, I started reading it this morning and I can barely put it down. The subtitle is completely, accurately descriptive, it's packed with physics, war, spies, fascinating characters, history--this ...
  • Steve
    Jun 10, 2019
    Magnificent book on the crossroads of science and history There are the occasional science/history books, that when I reach the end, I go, "Oh no, I want more." The Bastard Brigade is one of those books. I loved it. Sam Kean is a wonderful science writer and this book is exactly wha...
  • Nancy
    Sep 15, 2019
    I have read, and continue to read, a good bit of WWII fiction and non-fiction so it's unusual for me to find material that is almost entirely unfamiliar. However, this book provided new information for me about Allied attempts to prevent Hilter from developing and deploying an atomic w...
  • Katrina Christiansen
    Jul 25, 2019
    This was a fanstastic read. WWII is always so tragic but there was something inspiring about human ingenuity and the allied forces working together that made me feel inspired. Theses stories are incredible and I am so glad I learned of them. ...
  • Gayle Noble
    Aug 14, 2019
    The book tells the stories of the many people involved in the mission to sabotage Hitler's plan to build an atomic bomb, including the ex-baseball player Moe Berg, Joseph Kennedy Jr (brother of JFK), and scientist Samuel Goldsmit. This is obviously a well-researched book, there was...
  • Sean Gibson
    Sep 01, 2019
    I received a review copy from the publisher, which has in no way affected my review, and, in fact, I had already preordered the book before they contacted me, because Sam Kean is like a non-fiction Scheherazade, and, frankly, it?s annoying how easy he makes it look to expound upon co...
  • Brandt
    Aug 26, 2019
    In previous reviews, I have asked what the purpose of a "history" should be (and have caught shit for insisting that a good history serve as a mirror of our contemporary times.) I would think that given the author's note at the beginning of The Bastard Brigade that Sam Kean would likel...
  • Hen
    Jul 19, 2019
    Fast moving account of ww2 atomic spies who were real characters. Some technical issues with scientific explanations detracted somewhat, but overall a fresh look at the ultimately unfounded allied worries about German atomic program. ...
  • Mike
    Oct 20, 2019
    Sam Kean has become on of my favorite authors. I read the Disappearing Spoon and Ceasar's Last Breath and have strongly recommended them to people I know as chemistry for non-chemists. I have been looking forward to his next publication. I was surprised when I came across this book. I ...
  • Monika Landy-Gyebnar
    Aug 17, 2019
    Being an A-bomb science-history fan I read anything related to this topic. This one was a bad decision, not just because it didn't add much to what I already knew, but because the science part of the book was really lazy. Sometimes I simply felt that the author wrote it to preschool ki...