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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research.April 25, 1986, in Chernobyl, was a turning point in world history. The disaster not only changed the worlds perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planets delicate ecology. With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer.Chernobyl was also a key event in the destruction of the Soviet Union, and, with it, the United States victory in the Cold War. For Moscow, it was a political and financial catastrophe as much as an environmental and scientific one. With a total cost of 18 billion rublesat the time equivalent to $18 billionChernobyl bankrupted an already t...

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ISBN : 9781501134616
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Number of Pages : 538 pages
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  • Nadine

    This book is not only a ripping yarn about the real past but is also a warning for the future. Seldom have I read such a clear, riveting account of an historical event. Highly recommended - though very sobering.


  • Jackie

    I won this book as a giveaway for goodreads. Interesting book about the horrible events that unfolded almost 30 years ago. It gives you a look at why it was created, why the location, who were involved, what are atoms, Gemma and beta, and so forth. I do wish we got more information about the people made to leave and followed them more, but this book focused more on the administration which was still really interesting. Granted, I’m not 100 percent sure how accurate it is and how dramatic the aut ...more

  • Samantha Colwell

    I needed to live with a level of ignorance about what could possibly happen to my body during a nuclear holocaust, but now I am far too knowledgeable. Review from

    I have always been fascinated by the Chernobyl disaster, like many other morbid connoisseurs of dilapidation and urban decay. Perhaps it’s the ghostly remains of the abandoned Pripyat, surrendering slowly to the landscape year after year. The unused ferris wheel still stands erect like a beacon of hubris, represe

  • Linda Lipko

    A very detailed book not only about the world's greatest nuclear disaster, but it also contains an in-depth look at the Russian government and the system that help create dangerous nuclear power plants, and then systematically hid and covered up the many all-too-frequent disasters that occurred due to shoddy work and inept people at the controls.

  • Carolyn

    The author has written an impressive, comprehensive book of historical importance. It brings to light events surrounding the Chernobyl catastrophe of 1986 which may be unknown to many in the Western world, and even to the Russian people. The author presents a crash course in nuclear physics and energy, simplified as much as possible. This may present difficulties for the average reader without some background knowledge. I thought the human factor surrounding the disaster to be interesting and ap ...more

  • Kathleen

    Everyone knows that Chernobyl was a horrible nuclear accident that poisoned the entire area around the reactor. So—what is to be learned in this latest recounting of the disaster? Plenty! Higginbotham’s excellent journalism reads like a true crime novel. And his human interest stories place a human face on the tragedy.

    It all began innocently enough—just a routine safety check to simulate what would happen during an electrical blackout on April 25th, 1986. The senior engineer, Leonid Toptunov, be