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– tekijä: Adam Higginbotham (Tekijä)

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--THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER-- 'An invaluable contribution to history.' Serhii Plokhy, Evening Standard 'Tells the story of the disaster and its gruesome aftermath with thriller-like flair. Midnight in Chernobylis wonderful and chilling ... written with skill and passion.' Luke Harding, The Observer 'Superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying... every step feels spring-loaded with tension... extraordinary.' The New York Times 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 not only its own citizens, but all of humanity. 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 Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to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 non-fiction 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 Chernobylis 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.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
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Info:Simon & Schuster (2020), Edition: Reprint, 560 pages
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This seems to be the definitive book about Chernobyl. Very well researched and presented, portrays both the science/engineering and bureaucracy/confusion. Until KGB files are fully declassified (unlikely...), we're unlikely to see much more.

(Incidentally, the HBO miniseries was actually fairly accurate, particularly in tone more so than specific facts, and well worth watching.)

The bravery of those who dealt with the disaster (both plant personnel and the Liquidators), knowingly and unknowingly risking their lives both to save others and, in the case of scientists, partially for pure scientific curiosity, is remarkable. That a lot of their actions ultimately weren't beneficial does make it a bit sadder, although it seems like there was also a huge amount of luck preventing the accident being even worse (particularly a full meltdown into the water table; this was closer to happening than was thought in the years immediately following). That the USSR had massive shortages of everything but could essentially next-day provide massive quantities of materiel when commanded from the top was also shockingly different than market economies, and it's interesting to think about how different systems and societies would deal with various types of disasters. The role of Chernobyl and the response in opening and then breaking apart the USSR is also pretty substantial and ultimately may have saved more lives than the accident itself has cost, although it was still a very high price. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
I so wanted to enjoy and finish this book, but it is a little too challenging for me to read on my own. I would have preferred to read it in a book club setting where I would be held accountable to pay attention and keep going. This book earned a spot in the New York Time's Top Ten Books of 2019, and I can totally see why. I am definitely going to watch HBO's Chernobyl to continue learning about this event.
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
This is the most horrific, terrifying book that I have ever read. Because of the secrecy of the government of the USSR, I'm sure that the world will never know the actual danger that we all are in. The USSR finally conceded that there was a known design flaw concerning the cooling of the rods within the reactor. For years technicians constantly had to manually cool the rods until it got so hot that steam was formed and blew up the reactor. The Soviet response was just ludicrous--it was much more important to report to the world that things were under control than to ask for help or actually tell the truth.

This book did an excellent job of telling about individuals and groups that were sacrificed wholesale in the so called clean up. Just horrifying. The sarcophagus used to entomb the reactor, made of concrete, is now decaying. There is now 57,915 sq miles contaminated with 200 times more radiation than a normal human can tolerate. Wild animals such as deer and boars are still contaminated so badly they can not be eaten. Cattle in France and Finland have been tested and some countries have banned meat from those countries due to the high levels of radiation contained within their meat. God help us all. The entire truth is still not told. 560 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Dec 8, 2020 |
Fascinating. I have a tiny quibble with a couple of opinionized remarks only in the beginning of the book; some nasty comments about the Soviets where there is no groundwork or reasoning. Thankfully this does not continue. This is a powerful story and much, much more complicated story of an empire than the HBO series depicts - must read after watching the series. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
I had heard about the Chernobyl incident in my childhood and how it was one of the key moments that lead to the dissolution of USSR. But I didn't know about the complete story. That's why this book fascinated me.

This book looks at the tragedy from multiple different angles. It analyses the scientific, political, social impact of the event on USSR and the world as a whole. That makes reading the book very interesting.

The book starts with the nuclear reactor wave in USSR and slowly builds up the story towards Chernobyl. It goes through all stages of building the reactor and how the deficiencies across different parts of the organisation lead to a substandard reactor. As part of story, we not only learn about reactors we also learn about how people's minds worked in the cold war. Everything was geared towards building war chest and the military was the defacto leader.

As this book came out recently, it also gives a nice look back after 30 years of what is changed. There is a new wave of nuclear reactors coming into the scene with people like Bill Gates involved. With advanced technology and a better understanding of science, we are hoping to build safer reactors than before.

Overall good book to understand the impact of Chernobyl on USSR and the world as a whole.
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  madhukaraphatak | Aug 12, 2020 |
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--THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER-- 'An invaluable contribution to history.' Serhii Plokhy, Evening Standard 'Tells the story of the disaster and its gruesome aftermath with thriller-like flair. Midnight in Chernobylis wonderful and chilling ... written with skill and passion.' Luke Harding, The Observer 'Superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying... every step feels spring-loaded with tension... extraordinary.' The New York Times 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 not only its own citizens, but all of humanity. 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 non-fiction 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 Chernobylis 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.

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