Midnight in Chernobyl

Midnight in Chernobyl

The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

eBook - 2019
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Journalist Adam Higginbotham's definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster--and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century's greatest disasters.

Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history's worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute.

Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.

Midnight in Chernobyl is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of human resilience and ingenuity, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will--lessons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9781501134647
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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cashewbeast
Apr 12, 2019

Gripping and fascinating—especially on the long aftermath of the accident. Incredibly relevant today when nuclear may be our best option to slow down global warming. Please read this!!

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Logovore
Mar 25, 2019

An absolutely chilling account of one of the three worst reactor accidents in history. I remember the Chernobyl incident and the whole 'it was incompetent cowboy operators' narrative. I'm appalled at the deeper narrative this book outlines and just how close we came to an accident that would have rendered a wide swathe of Europe--west, central and east--uninhabitable.

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sheojuk
Mar 08, 2019

Truly astonishing. If there were any lingering doubts about the dysfunctional Soviet system, this should lay them to rest. And it should make abundantly clear, there will be no surviving a nuclear war beyond the most circumscribed battlefields.

If nuclear power is the future, so is Chernobyl.

gomegan Feb 17, 2019

An extremely readable account of an absolutely horrifying event.

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