Midnight in Chernobyl

Midnight in Chernobyl

The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Book - 2019
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Draws on twenty years of research, recently declassified files, and interviews with survivors in an account of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster that also reveals how propaganda and secrets have created additional dangers.
Publisher: New York, New York ;, Toronto :, Simon & Schuster,, 2019.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781501134616
Characteristics: xx, 538 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps, portraits ;,24 cm.

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jorele
May 23, 2019

Today is the anniversary of the sinking of the nuclear submarine Scorpion on which my ex was a nuclear technician and went on to get a degree in nuclear engineering. We started up the Westinghouse nuclear power plant in Japan that is one year younger than the Fukushima plant. I have long wanted to know the details of Chernobyl. This is a chilling tale of how many ways a disaster can happen & the decisions people in power make....good and bad. Also the heroic men who knew doing their jobs meant a death sentence. Some of the details had me gasping in horror....and fascination. I now need to revisit the movie The China Syndrome...who knew that this almost happened?! A must read. After I read the posting I noticed that it is dated May 23rd. Today is May 22nd...the sinking of the Scorpion.

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laphampeak
May 07, 2019

Higginbotham sure did his research. He accounts for the development, use, and failure of the Unit 4 reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear site and the aftermath.
*limited resources to meet unrealistic goals
*Every accident at a nuclear station in the Soviet Union was state secret
*Originally when the reactor was complete the intricately installed heat exchanger, which included temperature sensors, was never turned on.
*In deciding on whether to evacuate or not two renowned scientists drew up a written and signed statement of their opinion. It was then locked in a safe and disregarded.
*The reactor core was destroyed. 7 tons of uranium fuel, pieces of control rods, zirconium channels, and graphite blocks pulverized and released into the atmosphere forming aerosols containing radioisotopes, iodine 131, neptunium, cesium, strontium, plutonium.
The after effects were largely unreported and minimized.
A great follow-up book is Voices from Chernobyl:The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster in which you hear first hand accounts of those whose lives were forever altered.

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lianaherman
Apr 30, 2019

A shocking and enlightening read about the worst nuclear disaster in human history. Told in an easy-to-read storytelling style, Higganbotham details out the events of that night, and the thirty years that follow, with abundance of research from both archival and first-person sources. However, as he points out, this chapter of history is far from over.....

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cashewbeast
Apr 12, 2019

Gripping and fascinating—especially on the long aftermath of the accident. Incredibly relevant today when nuclear may be our best option to slow down global warming. Please read this!!

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Logovore
Mar 25, 2019

An absolutely chilling account of one of the three worst reactor accidents in history. I remember the Chernobyl incident and the whole 'it was incompetent cowboy operators' narrative. I'm appalled at the deeper narrative this book outlines and just how close we came to an accident that would have rendered a wide swathe of Europe--west, central and east--uninhabitable.

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sheojuk
Mar 08, 2019

Truly astonishing. If there were any lingering doubts about the dysfunctional Soviet system, this should lay them to rest. And it should make abundantly clear, there will be no surviving a nuclear war beyond the most circumscribed battlefields.

If nuclear power is the future, so is Chernobyl.

gomegan Feb 17, 2019

An extremely readable account of an absolutely horrifying event.

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