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...
  • 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...
  • Sally
    Jul 19, 2019
    I have loved all of Sam Kean's books, and this is no exception. Really interesting story about the efforts to prevent Nazi atomic weaponry. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in science history and/or WWII history. I must admit the endnotes were what made me fall in love ...
  • 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...
  • Tracey
    Jul 20, 2019
    I've read quite a bit about the development of "the bomb" in the U.S. during WWII, but hadn't read much about the spies and scientists who tried to keep Germany from developing it first. Written in a captivating narrative style, and the descriptions of the physics involved was at a lev...
  • 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 ?...
  • Scott Miller
    Jul 18, 2019
    Great book about the race to develop and atomic bomb in WWII, and the characters involved. The stories of the individual characters are fascinating, and show that history is really made up of such individual stories. I read the book in just two days- it was a fun read! I found the s...
  • 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
    Interesting, wide-ranging story of the development of nuclear physics and the bomb before and during WWII, and the Alsos mission to stop the Nazi development of atomic bombs. Review to come! Initial post: Woohoo, I just got a hardback ARC! Sam Kean wrote the amazing Caesar's Last...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Garry Duncan
    Jul 29, 2019
    I heard the author interviewed on a recent Science Friday podcast and was intrigued. The book did not disappoint. It concerns the true story of the race between Germany and the Allies to develop a nuclear weapon. It?s an original story, fast paced, providing interesting personal back...
  • Donna Luu
    Aug 07, 2019
    Having recently read up on the atomic bomb, this was a great addition with really interesting stories. It was a little hard to keep track of all the players as the chapters went back and forth, but I guess that was the only way to keep things in chronological order. ...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Ed R.
    Jul 30, 2019
    Interesting story about why the Germans failed to develop an Atomic bomb in WWII This is a fascinating story about the Nazi attempts to develop an Atomic bomb and the American attempts to subvert their efforts. As a retired physicist, I am familiar with many of the characters in the...
  • Joe Spoto
    Jul 31, 2019
    After hearing the author featured on the Science Friday podcast I wanted to read this book. It turned out to be one of the best non-fiction books that I have read in quite a long time. The various scientists and agents were all interesting characters and the author does a good job of w...
  • Scott
    Jul 20, 2019
    Another fun book by Sam Kean. It's a real-life thriller. And it has all these James Bond moments that make me realize how much it's based on what actually happened. It was interesting learning about how advanced the German nuclear research really was, and how much uncertainty (Heisenbe...
  • Mark
    Jul 23, 2019
    Hard to imagine these stories haven?t been told together yet. Pretty amazing stories of science and espionage with cameos from Marie Curie, Winston Churchill, and a young JFK. Well timed with the release of the ?catcher was a spy? movie as Moe Berg was a major storyline here, I g...
  • Chris Miller
    Jul 27, 2019
    I heard the author interviewed on NPR's Science Friday and had to get the book. It is a nice compendium of the German Nuclear and Rocket Programs during WWII. In some areas, it seems derivative of History Channel, Nova, and other programs that have covered similar territory, but having...
  • 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...
  • Ezeozue Chidube
    Aug 04, 2019
    If you like Physics and WW2 history, you'll love this book. I was reminded of the basics of nuclear physics with very accessible language interspersed with Robert Ludlum-esque action scenes. I learned so much about the scientists whose names are mentioned in passing in textbooks bef...
  • Hans U
    Jul 18, 2019
    Amazing revelations about the individuals who risked their lives to sabotage fission research in Nazi Germany. German physicists, notably Werner Heisenberg, realized early that uranium could be used to develop an A-bomb. Such attempts had to be stopped by any means necessary. This book...
  • Bob Sonday
    Aug 10, 2019
    Excellent read. Well paced historical novel. Found out details I was unaware of. Author makes science easy to understand when he could have gone way over my head. Tidbits of humor interjected into his writing style. E-mailed author to compliment him on book and response was quick ! ...