Experts from all over the world continue to eliminate its environmental … By 1977, reactor no. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. 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. Originally it had contained more than 250 pounds of enriched uranium—enough to pollute and devastate most of Europe. Please try again. Serhii Ploky's book reads like a thriller, with detailed and … Enjoy a great reading experience when you buy the Kindle edition of this book. He has published extensively in English, Ukrainian, and Russian. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe. But the fact that he grew up fewer than 500 kilometers south of Chernobyl probably accounts for his vividly empathetic descriptions of the people on the ground-the plant managers and employees, the firefighters, soldiers and others-who risked their lives to contain the damage. August & September 2019 Non Fiction Group Read - Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe by Serhii Plokhy, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (Apr 1-30, 2019), Readers' Most Anticipated Books of January. This book is the final story of the disaster that happened at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986. I highly recommend reading this book before going to Kiev if you plan to in the future. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I actually started it over at about the 5% mark because I needed to readjust my headspace to really take in the scale and potential of this catastrophe. I wanted to see all the power and beauty of nature with my own eyes, so I decided to, I listened to this and in the beginning I was taking notes, but soon gave up on that. Best book on the subject that I've read. It is engaging and unsettling in exactly the way one might expect. I learned quite a bit beyond which was in the TV show, which may have focused too much on the roles of a small number of people. Serbia was giving the land and Abu Dhabi was paying the tab. As two visiting Americans we were given quite the pitch on how this eyesore of Belgrade was going to be replaced by The Future. ", "Haunting...Plokhy's...voice is humane and inflected with nostalgia. Or get 4-5 business-day shipping on this item for $5.99 Then the cover-ups, misinformation. I've read about everything I can find on Chernobyl. When the Chernobyl disaster took place on April 26, 1986, I had not long turned one years of age. For three successive years (2002-2005) his books won first prize of the American Association for Ukrainian Studies. Idaho Falls: The Untold Story of America's First Nuclear Accident, Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew. With construction beginning in 1970, Chernobyl was the third Soviet RBMK nuclear plant and the first on Ukrainian soil. This started my interest in the Chernobyl saga. The tragedy at the Chernobyl nuclear power station is the largest man-made and humanitarian disaster of the last century. Nuclear engineering is not my specialty but it is easy to understand the problems that caused the explosion. ", "A lucid account of how the Soviet mania for nuclear power combined with endemic shoddiness in the industrial sector and near-paranoid habits of state secrecy led to the 1986 disaster...The most comprehensive and convincing history of Chernobyl yet to appear in English. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear … Today, Chernobyl beckons to tourists who are intrigued by its history and its danger. As two visiting Americans we were given quite the pitch on how this eyesore of Belgrade was going to be replaced by The Future. This book is very well written by an author who had direct experience with the event. Thirty-two people died and dozens more suffered radiation burns in the opening days of the crisis, but only after Swedish authorities reported the fallout did Soviet authorities reluctantly admit that an accident had occurred. On April 26, 1986, the worlds worst nuclear power plant accident occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in the Soviet Union. It was a mess up of epic proportions from beginning to end up. A leading authority on Eastern Europe, he has lived and taught in Ukraine, Canada, and the United States. Plokhy describes in detail the horrors that befell those who were close to the fallout, dying from radiation poisoning, which may have been treated had general news been shared, if not prevented entirely with proper warning. The USSR had big plans for Chernobyl. All That is Important About Chernobyl---Exposure of a Collapsing System Destined for Disaster! The world was able to peer behind the Iron Curtain with news about the Chernobyl accident and see just how ignorant Soviet officials sought to keep everyone, hiding the disaster as only a small glitch. By this I also want to say that because of that this book is very complete. 4 reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian SSR. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, … Chernobyl was evacuated on 5 May 1986, nine days after a catastrophic nuclear disaster at the plant, which was the largest nuclear disaster in history. Very methodical and with references. The Chernobyl disaster was caused by a nuclear accident that occurred on Saturday 26 April 1986, at the No. Unable to add item to List. But though Chernobyl symbolises the potential devastation of nuclear … It is considered the worst nuclear disaster in history and was caused by one of only two nuclear … I wanted to see all the power and beauty of nature with my ow, Chernobyl survived a terrible catastrophe and now nature rules this once wonderful city. I wish I had known at the time who each of these people were. Welcome back. He does state that most observers at the trial believed he was the most culpable. 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