by Neal Bascomb c. 2016 Non-Fiction
At the outbreak of World War II, both the Allies and Axis powers were involved in building an atomic weapon. Bascomb, a WWII historian and former journalist, thrillingly recounts the commando effort to destroy the Norwegian Vemork hydroelectric plant that was the source of heavy water, a necessary requirement for the Nazi Germany’s atomic bomb program.
Bascomb focuses on the efforts of the Norwegian commandos and resistance fighters, who braved the threat of Gestapo torture and execution while showcasing the skiing and wilderness skills that helped them survive and operate in the arctic conditions of Norwegian winter.
This is a really well-told, suspenseful account of an aspect of WWII that is not commonly known. I would thoroughly recommend this book to those interested in history, (WWII in particular), adventure/survival accounts, and to new non-fiction readers (like myself!).