English (Hardcover)

The Bastard Brigade

The True Story of the Plot to Stop the Nazi Atomic Bomb

Sam Kean

Language / Publisher:
English (United States)
Little, Brown
English (U.K./ANZ)
Hodder & Stoughton


<I>New York Times</I> bestselling author Sam Kean tells the incredible story of how a renegade group of spies kept Hitler from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely in history have scientific secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. In the midst of planning the Manhattan Project, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services created a secret offshoot – the Alsos Mission – meant to gather intelligence on and sabotage if necessary, scientific research by the Axis powers. What resulted was a plot worthy of the finest thriller, full of spies, sabotage, and murder.At its heart was the “Lightning A” team, a group of intrepid soldiers, scientists, and spies, who were given almost free rein by the Allies to get themselves embedded within the German scientific community to stop the most terrifying threat of the war: Hitler acquiring an atomic bomb of his very own.

While the Manhattan Project and other feats of scientific genius continue to inspire us today, few people know about the international intrigue and double-dealing that accompanied those breakthroughs. <I>The Bastard Brigade</I> recounts this forgotten history, fusing a nonfiction spy thriller with some of the most incredible scientific ventures of all time.

Awards, Nominations, and Distinctions:

Starred Review –  Library Journal

Best Book of the Month – Amazon.com

About the Author(s):

Sam Kean is a writer based in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in The New York Times MagazineMental FlossSlateThe BelieverAir & SpaceScience, and The New Scientist.

Other Editions of This Book:

English Audio (U.S./Canada)

English Audio (U.K./Australia/New Zealand)

English (U.K/Australia/New Zealand)

Other Books by Sam Kean:

The Disappearing Spoon - Young Readers Edition

The Disappearing Spoon

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

Caesar's Last Breath

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