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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...

Title : Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
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ISBN : 9781501134616
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Number of Pages : 560 pages
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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster Reviews

  • 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

  • Steven Z.

    March 28, 1979 was an overcast day in Woodbridge, Va. when news arrived of a nuclear accident at Three Mile Island Unit 2 reactor near Middletown, Pa. Feeling totally in the dark when it came to information about the accident, my neighbors and I gathered outside our homes and immediately began testing to see which way the winds were blowing, and should we pack up and head in the opposite direction. Living about two and a half hours from the reactor which would eventually partially melt down, we ...more

  • Jan

    This shocking story of the events that took place needs to be required reading in an environmental/science class. The accident has left its mark on not only Russia but surrounding areas. You will feel pity, anger and fear as you learn about the devastation.

  • 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

  • Alexander Vishnyakov

    A monumental work which explores the causes of the worst nuclear accident in history. The blame is mainly placed on the delapidated Soviet system itself. The book demonstrates how planned Soviet economy promoted negligence and stifled the free flow of information, which is essential for such complicated scientific projects as nuclear reactors. The attention to details is simply staggering, a compulsive read which will keep you awake at night.

  • Chaitra

    This book was horrifying. I’m pretty sure it has been giving me nightmares ever since I started reading it. I’ve known of Chernobyl for a long while, even before I knew what radioactivity was. But I don’t think I’m against nuclear energy as a power source. But this book, about how calamitous Chernobyl really was, and how much USSR got away with covering up for the most part; it has made me question the sanity of this stuff.

    It was also uniquely depressing, because you would think nuclear physicis

  • Paul

    This book kept scaring me forcing me to put it down, but then I had to pick it back up and continue reading it. The description of the events at Chernobyl and the actions of the leaders of Russia makes me wonder how close we are to destroying this planet. And I don't think politicians are any better today.

    My heart ached and my admiration grew for the first responders who didn't know what they were getting into. And they suffered for it.

    There is a lesson in this book for all of us and it should

  • lacy [lacy’s library]

    A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Simon and Shuster for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

    First Thoughts

    I went on a nonfiction phase for a while and requested quite a few nonfiction books on Netgalley. This was one of them because it combined my interest of nonfiction and my love for Russian history. If you do not all know, I am a fan of Russian history. I prefer tsarist Russia (so like Catherine the Great and Tsar Nicholas Romanov) but I’ll take a