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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 Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to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.… (més)
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Títol:Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Autors:Adam Higginbotham (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster (2019), 560 pages
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Excellent description of the effects of this completely avoidable catastrophic accident on both the humans unlucky enough to be within the affected zone and the environmental disaster that played out in the zone of exclusion. It's almost impossible to believe that a country's leaders could handle a SNAFU so corruptly and dishonestly until you discover that there continue to be "incidents" that Russia denies any knowledge of as recently as Fall 2017:
Russia confirms 'extremely high' readings of radioactive pollution
https://www.yahoo.com/news/russia-confirms-extremely-high-readings-radioactive-p...
Mysterious radioactive leak that swept Europe came from Russia, study confirms despite Kremlin denial
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayak#More_recent_major_accidents)
Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/21/russia-radioactivity-986-times-nor...
Mishandling of spent nuclear fuel in Russia may have caused radioactivity to spread across Europe
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/mishandling-spent-nuclear-fuel-russia-ma... ( )
  wagnerkim | Jul 21, 2021 |
Midnight in Chernobyl, written by Adam Higginbotham, is a thoroughly researched look at the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, told through stories of those who were there. The interactions of the plant operators, firefighters, managers, and engineers, tied together into a complete story, keep it interesting and prevent it from getting bogged down into simply being a chronological technical review of the accident. The book reads like an action thriller at times, especially when learning of the ​heroism and bravery of many of the plant workers and firefighters during the early stages of the accident, and of the obstruction and callousness of the political leaders and KGB.

Telling the story as he does, seeing how the individuals acted and reacted, learning of their doubts and uncertainties early in the accident, keeps you more personally involved. Additionally, you gradually find yourself beginning to understand something of the complex nature of the soviet RBMK reactors, as well as the nature of the accident itself. You also gain some insights about the differences between the western style nuclear power plants and the Soviet RBMK reactors. If you live in the west, you begin to appreciate the fact that western nuclear plants don't use graphite moderated reactors, which not only can be combustible, but have what's known as a positive void coefficient, meaning it's much more likely to have a run-away accident under some conditions. And most significantly, you're reminded that the soviet RBMK reactors lacked the thick-walled steel-lined containment building around the reactor which is a mandatory design feature in other countries to limit/prevent escape of nuclear materials.

The book compares favorably to the popular televised mini-series about Chernobyl shown on HBO in the Spring of 2019. But televised version may have taken some liberties in facts for the sake of brevity, and added some drama to keep viewers involved. The only minor problem I found with the book was ​related to​ the fact that I listened to it in audio format. ​Many of the unfamiliar Russian names​ were hard to remember when introduced by the narrator, and I initially found it hard to keep the players straight. ​Therefore, there's an advantage in reading this book in print format, since the visual recognition of the names aids in remembering the roles of the various individuals. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Having just watched the excellent HBO mini-series about Chernobyl I was quite interested in reading a factual account of the disaster and this book completely met that need. It is thorough and informative while not being too difficult to digest. I will say that I had some trouble keeping all the names straight given the number of people involved but quick searches in the Kindle usually got me to the chart at the start of the book where he lists everyone and gives a quick bio. I was a little taken aback by the differences in this factual telling and the televised version. I knew intellectually that the television show was a docu-drama, not a pure documentary, but still I was a little shocked by how much was dramatized in the show. I still recommend it though and I definitely recommend this book also. This story is confounding to those who live the a binary world and want to know "who caused it." The complexity of the answer to that question fills up this book. I think the most lasting feeling I took from this book, and the television show, was the heroism of the people who stepped in and, often while being aware of the danger, put themselves in harms way to mitigate the effects of the disaster. Their stories have been covered in the fog of Soviet denial and lies, but now the stories are being told and we all owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be paid. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
FANTASTIC! I don't ever use caps, but this book deserves it. Decades of research behind the writing (which reads like a thriller with real life heroes and villains). Straightforward storytelling that should scare the pants off of readers, especially in reference to a government that lies to its people and sacrifices the truth (and it's citizens) to make its leaders look great. Many levels, numerous lessons, including the Russian communist government covering up so many societal ills it seems inevitable it would collapse in on itself just as Chernobyl's reactor Number Four did. Too bad our current leadership doesn't read. ( )
  SusanWallace | Jul 10, 2021 |
I only had a basic understanding of what happened at Chernobyl - the telling of the stories of so many that were involved and the unfolding of the incident made for a fascinating book. ( )
  carolfoisset | Jun 26, 2021 |
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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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