Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm


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"Succeeds as both a graphic primer and a philosophical meditation." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Trinity, the debut graphic book by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, depicts the dramatic history of the race to build and the decision to drop the first atomic bomb in World War Two. 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, and even transports the reader into 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, by a group of brilliant scientists led by the enigmatic wunderkind J. Robert Oppenheimer. Focused from the start on the monumentally difficult task of building an atomic weapon, these men and women soon began to wrestle with the moral implications of actually succeeding. When they detonated the first bomb at a test site code-named Trinity, they recognized that they had irreversibly thrust the world into a new and terrifying age.

With powerful renderings of WWII's catastrophic events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Fetter-Vorm unflinchingly chronicles the far-reaching political, environmental, and psychological effects of this new invention. Informative and thought-provoking, Trinity is the ideal introduction to one of the most significant events in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809093557
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 118,155
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Fetter-Vorm is a writer and illustrator of nonfiction graphic books. He is the cofounder of the Two Fine Chaps graphic imprint, a partnership dedicated to adapting, illustrating, and printing classical works of literature and natural science. He was born and raised in Montana and currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
I found this book by chance after becoming interested in the creation of the atomic bomb and doing a book search. I enjoyed this graphic tale of how it came to be. It felt eerie seeing the artist's rendition of how all the events played out. I enjoyed this book and found it informative, even if written as a graphic text. This will nicely supplement the other, heavier texts that I got on the subject.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Wow!  Superb text and illustrations tell the story of the events leading up to the development of the first atomic bomb, the manufacture and dropping of the bomb, and the consequences of the decision to do so.  Lots of information packed into this book.