Midnight in Chernobyl

Midnight in Chernobyl

The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Book - 2019 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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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 its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute. Midnight in Chernobyl is a 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.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2019
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781501134616
1501134612
Branch Call Number: 363.1799 HIG NVD
Characteristics: xx, 538 pages, 16 unnumbered page of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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A portrait of one of the great disasters of the 20th 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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trekkiekat Nov 25, 2020

Interesting and thorough, but sometimes too thorough... It was fairly dry and was not a casual read (and I went in VERY interested). If you want a comprehensive review of the Chernobyl disaster, including the history leading up the incident, the days after the disaster, and the political fallout (no pun intended), this is worth a read. If you want something more easily digestible and a reasonably accurate review of various aspects of the disaster, I recommend the mini-series Chernobyl instead.

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heidimarisa
Oct 08, 2020

Started a conversation with my 18 yr old daughter. That doesn't happen much.

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djcrandall
Jul 22, 2020

Awesome book! It provided so much more info as to the how, who and whys of the Chernobyl story. Also what insight to the Soviet world and it's people. I too couldn't put it down. Wished I'd realize the glossary was there before I got to the end of the book. LOL. But that's okay, it doesn't hurt for me to look up terms I'm not understanding. We lived in eastern Europe soon after Chernobyl, and this book really answered some questions I'd had about the disaster and it's people.
Highly recommend this book if you're looking for some insight.

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Walter724
May 09, 2020

This was an interesting read. Sometimes it was a bit dry and technical to read though.

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MargeBanks
Mar 15, 2020

Mary Ellen

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awat1968
Feb 12, 2020

I could NOT put this book down! I'm not a scientist, know nothing about nuclear power, and even less about the Chernobyl disaster. But this book gripped me in its clutches. VERY readable. And the level of Laurel & Hardy, the Keystone Cops and Abbot & Costello (Who's on First?) in the "Soviet" machine that created this disaster is mind-blowing. Very, very good read. And the resilience of the human body and the animals and environment was a very nice surprise. Who knew?

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swheeler89
Jan 29, 2020

Fascinating but dry and name intensive. I am better for reading it, but I was ready for it to end.

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bethgarza24
Jan 13, 2020

NYT 2019 Top 10

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StoicBookaholic
Dec 28, 2019

The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

ArapahoeTiegan Nov 24, 2019

Wow. Such an accessible account of what happened at Chernobyl. Higginbotham does a great job of introducing the landscape of the country and the scientific rush into nuclear power plants to explain how an event such as Chernobyl occurred. For someone who does not know much about science, especially such a specific topic within science, I felt that Higginbotham did a great job of describing all of the scientific pieces in such away that an outsider could easily understand what is happening, or supposed to happen. The timeline was laid out very nicely - even though some chapters jumped backwards from where the last chapter ended, it all made sense for what was being broken down and described in each chapter. I am amazed at the level of detail and thankful to understand just a bit more of how such a catastrophic event could have occurred.

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