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Trinity illuminates a turning-point in human history, and does so with admirable pace, grace, and skill. --Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing. Succeeds as both a graphic primer and a philosophical meditation.--Kirkus (starred review)Fetter-Vorm's work . . . is altogether exemplary. And the writing's as good as the art, making this a strong primer on the A-bomb's development.--Booklist. A succinct, compelling, and dramatically illustrated history of the making of the atomic bomb, Trinity is an excellent primer for students and younger readers.--Cynthia C. Kelly, founder and president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation and editor of The Manhattan Project. The story of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the creation of the first atomic bomb lies deep in our collective imagination. Jonathan Fetter-Vorm's graphic novel honors the physics, the politics, and the human drama of this contemporary morality tale in a manner that is as informative as it is entertaining.--John Adams, Pulitzer Prize winner and composer of Doctor Atomic. The story of the Manhattan Project has rarely been told with this much clarity and alertness to moral nuance.--Joseph Kanon, author of Los Alamos. A hugely important story told with virtuosity and heart, Jonathan Fetter-Vorm's Trinity is a standard-bearer for great comics.Nick Bertozzi, Harvey Award-winning author of The Salon and the Rubber Necker series --Various
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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superb illustrations both dynamic and touching; just great fun
I've only purchased a few graphic novels before, but this one has been one of my favourites, the illustrations are fantastic, and it really draws you in.
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The graphic novel does a great job in explaining every single event that lead to the bomb's creation. It does it all chronologically, so page-flipping is not necessary. The book also introduces A LOT of names that you have probably never heard of before, but they are all tied to the events so it isn't pointless information. The book jumps from location to location with ease and it's hard to get lost since the author/artist makes good distinctions when the timeline jumps.
Another aspect of this graphic novel that I really, really loved was that the science aspect of it (there's a lot of science in this graphic novel) is explained and depicted. Every step that there is to creating an atomic bomb and its explosion is drawn out. Unless you became a Chemistry Major after high school, then remembering all those concepts is difficult. I actually understood the science concepts because of his drawings.
The author also ends the graphic novel with an opinion of his own, which is cool since most of the graphic novel was very fact-oriented.
If I were back in high school I would have loved to read this book, not just because it has pictures, but because it is easy to follow, entertaining, and highly informative.
For anyone without a scientific or engineering background, Jonathon Fettr-Vorm provides an excellent primer on the background, development and - sadly - use of the first atomic bombs. With the passage of seven decades most of us have forgotten much about the Manhattan project, and this book is a great refresher for those of us up in years or for those born after WWII but old enough to be frightened by the saber rattling of the Cold War.
All in all, I recommend this book to all but the most serious and advanced students of nuclear weaponry.
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