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ISBN-10: 154161707X
ISBN-13: 9781541617070
Publisher: Basic Books
Publish Date: 03/10/2020
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.30" H

Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

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A Chernobyl survivor and award-winning historian mercilessly chronicles the absurdities of the Soviet system in this vividly empathetic account of the worst nuclear accident in history (The Wall Street Journal).

On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill.

In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of the Communist party rule, the regime’s control over scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else.

Today, the risk of another Chernobyl looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world. A moving and definitive account, Chernobyl is also an urgent call to action.

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Chernobyl lays out in devastating detail how the Soviets were vastly unprepared, in ways small and large, for what became the worst disaster in the history of nuclear energy...A riveting account...Is it possible that the world might someday forget the horrors that unfolded there three decades ago? Books like Plokhy's should help ensure that that doesn't happen.–Henry Fountain, Undark
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ISBN-10: 154161707X
ISBN-13: 9781541617070
Publisher: Basic Books
Publish Date: 03/10/2020
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.30" H
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