Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Midnight in Chernobyl The Untold Story of the World s Greatest Nuclear Disaster The definitive dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster based on original reporting and new archival research April in Chernobyl was a turning point in world hi

  • Title: Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
  • Author: Adam Higginbotham
  • ISBN: 1501134612
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research.April 25, 1986, in Chernobyl, was a turning point in world history The disaster not only changed the world s perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet s delicate ecology With The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research.April 25, 1986, in Chernobyl, was a turning point in world history The disaster not only changed the world s perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet s delicate ecology With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30 kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer.Chernobyl was also a key event in the destruction of the Soviet Union, and, with it, the United States victory in the Cold War For Moscow, it was a political and financial catastrophe as much as an environmental and scientific one With a total cost of 18 billion rubles at the time equivalent to 18 billion Chernobyl bankrupted an already teetering economy and revealed to its population a state built upon a pillar of lies The full story of the events that started that night in the control room of Reactor No.4 of the V.I Lenin Nuclear Power Plant has never been told until now Through two decades of reporting, new archival information, and firsthand interviews with witnesses, journalist Adam Higginbotham tells the full dramatic story, including Alexander Akimov and Anatoli Dyatlov, who represented the best and worst of Soviet life denizens of a vanished world of secret policemen, internal passports, food lines, and heroic self sacrifice for the Motherland Midnight in Chernobyl, award worthy nonfiction that reads like sci fi, shows not only the final epic struggle of a dying empire but also the story of individual heroism and desperate, ingenious technical improvisation joining forces against a new kind of enemy Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 560 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Simon Schuster More Details ISBN 1501134612 ISBN13 9781501134616 Other Editions All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Midnight in Chernobyl The Untold Story of the Worlds Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham Author Release date Feb 12, 2019 Journalist Adam Higginbotham s definitive, years in the making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster and a powerful investigation into Journalist Adam Higginbotham s definitive, years in the making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century s greatest disasters.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.Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of 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 nonfiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history a story that is complex, human, and terrifying than the Soviet myth Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Non fiction Disaster Books 236 books 223 voters Health Published in Decade 2010s 105 books 7 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 25, 2018 Nick T Borrelli rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Chernobyl disaster is an event that has fascinated me over the past couple of decades I was in my early teens when it actually happened and although I remember seeing the news stories about the disaster on TV, being an adolescent at the time with an adolescent s priorities, it didn t really register with me As I ve gotten older I have become interested in reading about historical events that took place either before I was born or when I was too young to fully appreciate the significan The Chernobyl disaster is an event that has fascinated me over the past couple of decades I was in my early teens when it actually happened and although I remember seeing the news stories about the disaster on TV, being an adolescent at the time with an adolescent s priorities, it didn t really register with me As I ve gotten older I have become interested in reading about historical events that took place either before I was born or when I was too young to fully appreciate the significance of them I ve read a couple of books about Chernobyl in the past but neither really answered the questions that I had fully They scratched the surface but never dug into the nuts and bolts of the chain of occurances that caused the worst nuclear disaster in the history of the world When I saw this title on Netgalley, I thought maybe this will be the one I was approved for a free review copy a few weeks ago and have been obsessed with this book ever since, having just finished it late last night Here s what my conclusion is with regard to Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham If you read only one book about the disaster of Chernobyl, this is the only one that you should read To say that it is comprehensive is a profound understatement The book begins in the late 1960 s covering the USSR s budding nuclear program We learn how the idea of Chernobyl was born and we are taken through the very beginnings of the construction of both the reactors and the town in Pripyat that would house the tens of thousands of workers and their families Higginbotham then gradually breaks down the entire evening morning leading up to the catastrophic meltdown This is where I was absolutely flabbergasted as numerous warning flags were raised and either ignored or taken as not so serious If even one of these warning flags were caught or taken seriously, this catastrophe might have been averted The book then describes the eventual evacuation of the town surrounding the power plant and also the attempted coverups by the government to minimize the seriousness of what occured Midnight in Chernobyl was one of the best non fiction reads I have had in quite some time Even though the subject matter is at times very difficult to get through, the book is impeccably researched and just so well written that you can t stop reading This book won t be released until February of 2019, but I highly recommend pre ordering it on You will be both informed and amazed at the history of this horrible accident flag 21 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Jackie rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways I won this book as a giveaway for Interesting book about the horrible events that unfolded almost 30 years ago It gives you a look at why it was created, why the location, who were involved, what are atoms, Gemma and beta, and so forth I do wish we got information about the people made to leave and followed them , but this book focused on the administration which was still really interesting Granted, I m not 100 percent sure how accurate it is and how dramatic the aut I won this book as a giveaway for Interesting book about the horrible events that unfolded almost 30 years ago It gives you a look at why it was created, why the location, who were involved, what are atoms, Gemma and beta, and so forth I do wish we got information about the people made to leave and followed them , but this book focused on the administration which was still really interesting Granted, I m not 100 percent sure how accurate it is and how dramatic the author makes the story While there is over 100 pages of footnotes since this was an advance copy the footnotes were not connected to the text yet So if I wanted to verify a source I couldn t However for the most part, it seems this was a well researched and thought out book Granted it s hard to tell what people were thinking but I m going to let that slide since this was a very interesting book I d def recommend buying it or getting it from your local library flag 20 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Elizabeth rated it really liked it Midnight in Chernobyl is a definitive and chilling account of the nuclear disaster that began on April 25 26, 1986 when the fourth nuclear reactor of the Chernobyl plant imploded, causing a nuclear disaster that the USSR tried to deny but had to reveal when the fallout spread into Europe If you remember Chernobyl, this book is definitely worth reading If the words Chernobyl or USSR seem like ancient history, Midnight in Chernobyl is definitely worth reading.When Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuc Midnight in Chernobyl is a definitive and chilling account of the nuclear disaster that began on April 25 26, 1986 when the fourth nuclear reactor of the Chernobyl plant imploded, causing a nuclear disaster that the USSR tried to deny but had to reveal when the fallout spread into Europe If you remember Chernobyl, this book is definitely worth reading If the words Chernobyl or USSR seem like ancient history, Midnight in Chernobyl is definitely worth reading.When Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Complex imploded due to poor design, construction, and human error, the USSR, then in its last years, did its best to keep as much of what happened a secret not just from the rest of the world, but from within as well, meaning that thousands upon thousands of people within the area and provinces around Chernobyl located within the Ukraine were unwittingly exposed to enormous doses of radiation.The extent of the nuclear disaster spawned by the reactor implosion was and is enormous Over thirty years later, the town built to house the worker complex of Chernobyl, a then bustling town named Priypat, remains contaminated with nuclear fallout, and it will remain safely uninhabitable for almost another 30,000 years So will a large portion of the land around it.Not uninhabitable for 30 years Or 300 Or 3000 30,000 Years.Because the USSR, as Higginbotham explains, worked tirelessly to keep its secrets secret there had been nuclear accidents in the USSR before, though nothing on this scale and was still, even in the dawn of glasnost the period where the USSR attempted to be open to its citizens and the world, which led to its destruction not interested or even equipped to be forthcoming about just how bad things were, it took years for what really happened at Chernobyl to come to light And even now the repercussions of exposing so much radiation to so large an area is virtually impossible to study because so many records pertaining to the reactor number 4 and its destruction were destroyed or simply not created because so few could understand or even believe just how bad things were And because there were simply no resources or even plans to deal with this kind of nuclear disaster The USSR, which excelled at so many things in its race with the United States and the rest of the world to harness the energy created by nuclear power, simply cut corners to get what it wanted, creating reactor plans and then using them to create electricity without considering the problems created when the reaction in question the yield created by harnessing the power of atomic energy went wrong As a result, the consideration of potential problems weren t buried they ceased to exist.In 2019, it s almost impossible to think of a large scale nuclear disaster not being broadcast to the world in some way or form Midnight in Chernobyl does an excellent job of showing how tightly the USSR controlled information internally and the extraordinary lengths it went to postpone any external release of information even when it was obvious to the pre internet world that something truly terrible had happened.Midnight in Chernobyl isn t perfect since there are very few survivors left the parts of the book that deal with the radiation exposure caused deaths are straightforward and terrifying than fiction could ever be , there are very few first hand accounts, and any records created by the then USSR are often hard to access, cryptic, incomplete, inaccurate, or simply gone the account of what happened is layered with a lot of scientific detail And while the explanation of how nuclear power works and the dangers that lay in early attempts to yoke the extreme danger and instability of harnessing it to create electricity is fascinating, there s so much about the construction of early reactors, the various units used to measure radiation exposure , and scientific infighting in the USSR about it, that Midnight in Chernobyl does slow its pace at times.While I would have liked less of the scientific detail the radiation units, for example, don t matter to the narrative much because everyone involved in the reactor meltdown and lengthy attempt to contain it got this much wayyyyyy too much I see why it s there to drive home the point that Chernobyl was very, very bad gain but to also fill out sections like the containment attempts, which boil down to it was mostly luck that none of the other reactors exploded, to this day no one is really sure exactly where the reactor core went, and just about everyone involved in the containment efforts died Having just said all that, the section of the book devoted to the attempt to first clean and then the increasingly frenzied efforts to contain the damage caused by Reactor 4 s enormous and deadly nuclear blast that also produced days and and weeks and months of continued radiation leaking from what was left of the open and exposed reactor core is so very well done It s chilling bone deep terror inducing chilling to see how ineffective the early efforts were in the race to literally bury the reactor Yep, that s how Chernobyl was fixed what was left of the reactor was buried under an enormous metal structure as containment And hope that that solution will continue to work Will it Theoretically probably Maybe.Check back in when another 30 or 300 or 3000 years have passed.That s the ultimate and terrifying message of Midnight in Chernobyl Over 30 years ago an enormous nuclear incident occurred, and a cover up was attempted Though the cover up failed, it failed after thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people not to mention animals and the earth itself were exposed to massive amounts of radiation without any knowledge of it.The damage caused by the destruction of Reactor 4 was immediate and long lasting Scientists are attempting to study the effects, but monitoring the human fallout is nearly impossible as the USSR relocated thousands of Priypat residents who had been exposed to radiation, and also failed to track those who were exposed to the release of radiation that was dispersed via the wind, rain, etc Attempts to study the effects of the radioactive fallout on animals and plants in the area are hampered by lack of funds, falling off of interest, and the whole the area is deadly if you re in it for too long thing Midnight in Chernobyl is thoughtful and than a little frightening It s a disaster story that no one seems to think about any even though its impact will be felt for lifetimes to come Highly recommended flag 12 likesLike see review Felicia Fantastic review, Elizabeth Idk if you read it or not but Voices From Chernobyl is frightening book told through the voices of people that actually Fantastic review, Elizabeth Idk if you read it or not but Voices From Chernobyl is frightening book told through the voices of people that actually experienced the disaster Phenomenal book Jan 29, 2019 12 46PM Elizabeth Felicia wrote Fantastic review, Elizabeth Idk if you read it or not but Voices From Chernobyl is frightening book told through the voices of peopl Felicia wrote Fantastic review, Elizabeth Idk if you read it or not but Voices From Chernobyl is frightening book told through the voices of people that actually experienced the disaster Phenomenal book I haven t read Voices From Chernobyl thanks for letting me know about it, and for the kind words about my review 12 hours, 32 min ago Nov 16, 2018 Carolyn rated it really liked it The author has written an impressive, comprehensive book of historical importance It brings to light events surrounding the Chernobyl catastrophe of 1986 which may be unknown to many in the Western world, and even to the Russian people The author presents a crash course in nuclear physics and energy, simplified as much as possible This may present difficulties for the average reader without some background knowledge I thought the human factor surrounding the disaster to be interesting and ap The author has written an impressive, comprehensive book of historical importance It brings to light events surrounding the Chernobyl catastrophe of 1986 which may be unknown to many in the Western world, and even to the Russian people The author presents a crash course in nuclear physics and energy, simplified as much as possible This may present difficulties for the average reader without some background knowledge I thought the human factor surrounding the disaster to be interesting and appreciated that the book included a summary list of the Cast of Characters and their positions and involvement with Chernobyl The book emphasized the social political Cold War mentality, economic factors, technical failures, the cut throat ambition of the politicians and their secrecy which led to public complacency or wild rumours Reaction time was slow due to uncertainty and arguments about the best course of action I feel this is the definitive book of situations leading up to the disaster, what happened when Reactor 4 malfunctioned causing a huge surge of radiation, and its aftermath The history is impeccable and thoroughly researched and stands as a sample for other writers of historical events and will be the definitive book on Chernobyl.The Chernobyl atomic complex was built to produce cheap electricity for a vast surrounded area, and to establish the Soviet Union s predominance in nuclear power The disaster occurred in Reactor 4 on April 26, 1986 A model town, Pripyat, was built in the wilderness area close to the Nuclear Plant to house tens of thousands of workers and their families From rough, cold shacks inhabited by the early builders, it grew into an impressive town with 3 schools, 35 playgrounds, 3 swimming pools, a library, sports facility and shopping center Groceries and goods in the stores were varied and abundant than in cities of origin of most of the workers No expense was spared in planting trees and importing flowering shrubs to enhance the blocks of apartments The nuclear accident which occurred resulted in a coverup where plant workers and women and children were not aware of the danger to their lives and health from nuclear falloutere were cultural and political reasons contributing to lack of safety Poor building design, shoddy materials, forced deadlines for builders and plant workers to meet, incompetent and negligent staff without knowledge of dangers they faced There had been a smaller explosion at another plant and plenty of malfunctions but they were ignorant of possible critical problems After the reactor imploded and seemed to be going into meltdown, releasing radiation far and wide, members of the emergency response team who did know the peril were either forced to stop the leak or went in willingly out of patriotic duty Following the disaster, people of Pripyat went about their lives ignorant of dangers from radioactive fallout During this time a gathering of academics, Generals and politicians argued about the course they needed to take but were mainly concerned with secrecy Finally, it was decided to evacuate the town of 51,000 people but leaving behind 4,000 essential service workers People being evacuated were led to believe that they would only be away from home a couple of days and to bring only essentials for a short stay Immediately after the explosion, there were two deaths of reactor workers.28 died soon of acute radiation sickness Evacuation orders soon included 90,000 people within a 30 K radius High radiation levels soon spread to areas distant from Chernobyl and was detected in Sweden, Belarus and Poland By May 20, 95,000 people had been hospitalized High levels of radioactivity had already reached the capital, Kiev May Day celebrations were carried out in the open air Soon over 300,000 children were ordered evacuated from Kiev, along with expectant and nursing mothers about 1 5 of the population Teams were hired to shoot 20,000 domestic animals left behind We will never know how many people died over the years from radiation induced cancers, as doctors were pressed not to mention a possible connection Once the danger of a meltdown had eased and the reactor was covered with a dome, it was felt necessary to lay blame Six plant officials were put on trial resulting in prison sentences Official statements refused to place blame on faulty building materials, reactor design flaws, or the irresponsibility and poor discipline of the plant workers present when the disaster occurred They had been conducting a safety inspection to simulate a power failure and did not follow the procedure properly outlined on a checklist The author emphasizes the social political Cold War mentality The secrecy of generals and politicians which led to wild rumours or complacency subsequently caused the people to distrust in their leaders Economic factors due to the billions of rubles spent on evacuation, housing, pay for thousands of emergency workers, and the deactivating the reactor was a great financial loss for the country The author feels this was a major factor contributing to the breakup of the Soviet Union Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Schuster for an advance copy of this important book flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 28, 2018 Paul Pessolano rated it it was amazing Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham, published by Simon Schuster.Category History Nuclear Physics Publication Date February 12, 2019.This is the most compelling and honest account of the Chernobyl disaster that has ever been written.I am not a physicist or a nuclear physicist in fact, I had a difficult time with basic Math So saying that there is a lot of jargon concerning what happened that night in nuclear physics terminology and it is necessary that it be read so the re Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham, published by Simon Schuster.Category History Nuclear Physics Publication Date February 12, 2019.This is the most compelling and honest account of the Chernobyl disaster that has ever been written.I am not a physicist or a nuclear physicist in fact, I had a difficult time with basic Math So saying that there is a lot of jargon concerning what happened that night in nuclear physics terminology and it is necessary that it be read so the reader can get an understanding of what actually happened One does not need to understand it but get a picture of how everything developed.The real story however lies in the people, the technicians that were on duty the night of the disaster, the firefighters that tried to put the fire out without protective gear, and the families that were affected by the disaster Besides the Nuclear Disaster was the disaster of the Soviet Union personnel that attempted a cover up of the disaster and the ongoing misinformation that was given to its own people.A must read for anyone who has heard of the meltdown at Chernobyl, and for us who are wondering if it can happen again, the answer is NO Safeguards are now in place that make nuclear energy safe Of course, that is only if the safeguards are kept in place This event so changed the world that the story has become a world awakening event flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Gina rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Schuster Canada for this complimentary advanced virtual copy in return for an honest and unbiased review On Saturday, April 26, 1986, reactor number four of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat in the Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, exploded during a safety system test that was supposed to have been taken place before the reactor was approved for operation in December 1983 The years leading to this nuclear disaster were spiked with propaganda Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Schuster Canada for this complimentary advanced virtual copy in return for an honest and unbiased review On Saturday, April 26, 1986, reactor number four of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat in the Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, exploded during a safety system test that was supposed to have been taken place before the reactor was approved for operation in December 1983 The years leading to this nuclear disaster were spiked with propaganda and secrecy and crucial incidents at other nuclear power plants were swept under the rug and nobody knew about anything, at times even for decades after the occurred All of these incidents and the knowledge about faulty production lines and planning mistakes could have prevented the disastrous explosion of reactor number four, if only they were communicated In the case of Chernobyl, a project of enormous prestige to the Soviet Union that was the Soviet s attempt to keeping up with Western nuclear technology, any delays needed to be avoided at any cost and accidents were pre programmed.In Midnight in Chernobyl The Untold Story of the World s Greatest Nuclear Disaster, Adam Higginbotham guides the reader through the years prior to the accident, gives a very clear introduction into the planning and construction of the nuclear power plant as well as the city of Pripyat and provides an easily understandable explanation of atomic chemistry all very crucial information in order to understand the accident at Chernobyl He does not do this in the dry textbook style of narrating history, but rather uses very clear and understandable language that reads a lot like fiction and so keeps the reader s attention Looking back in time now, the history around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and its fatal accident in 1986 reads a lot like a fantastic story that includes so many what if s and what were you thinking s that seem so much like a horror story rather than actual history Everything that led to the accident makes me, a Western European female who was born just days after the explosion, shake my head in disbelief at times but then, we have to consider that during the Soviet communist regime, the clocks were ticking differently and just life itself was so different that even people like myself, people who have a vast knowledge of the politics and social constructs of the former Soviet Union, sometimes can t really grasp the entirety of the living conditions in that part of the world On the other hand, considering all of the politics behind everything, I do understand some of those people s actions now because there really just was no other way.A little anecdote on the side I only just recently took an introductory class to environmental chemistry and nuclear chemistry was the main focus For obvious reasons, we discussed the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima in detail These two nuclear power plants consist ed of two different reactors which made it very interesting to compare how the explosions essentially occurred In the case of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, many questions that came up started with but why didn t they just if they I think that anybody who is even mildly interested in what happened during those few days in 1986 should read Higginbotham s book, because I find that he gives the reader the very important historical background in order to understand what really happened In the end, all of those very similar questions that so many people ask can completely be omitted after reading Midnight in Chernobyl The author has done a lot, and I mean a lot of research to give us this collection of facts that led to the nuclear disaster and by giving us this insight, I am also hoping that he somewhat keeps the memory alive I only just realized how many very young people do not even know what happened near Pripyat and I truly believe that disasters like this one should not be forgotten about, but rather be taught As I already mentioned, Higginbotham s use of language is extraordinary and Midnight in Chernobyl does not read like your ordinary dry non fiction, but rather like a fictional story that is so unbelievable that, as the reader, you feel like as if you were reading a dystopian sci fi novel Unfortunately, this is not the case here, but the disaster is part of a terrifying reality and Higginbotham did such a great job with his research of analyzing first hand sources that not only included interviews, letters and unpublished memoirs, but also documents from recently declassified archives, that took him over ten years in the making of this book Although the vastness of the book seems quite the commitment, I do recommend it to anybody with an interest in Soviet or nuclear history as well as to all of those who want to know about what really happened during these terrifying days in April 1986 I promise, you need zero background knowledge when you open the cover of Midnight in Chernobyl, but you will close it being enriched with newly gained insight into so many facets of human history.I am giving this excellent piece of non fiction a 4.5 5 star rating At times I found the narration a little too lengthy, although every single word was of importance The reason why I cannot give 5 stars may actually be because of my format as with all works of non fiction that include an appendix, I wish I could have jumped back and forth to the Glossary, the Cast of Characters or the Notes in order to quickly familiarize myself with certain facts again However, I may just go and buy the print version once it s out on February 12th, 2019 and give it another read in the future This review will be published on thekennedybookshelf.home categor on February 6th, 2019 Thank you for reading flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Kasandra rated it really liked it This is a fascinating, horrifying, depressing, and enlightening read, with tons of details I d never heard or learned before What s most terrifying is how much the chances of this were known inside the former Soviet Union and covered up for years along with previous accidents The heroism of many Russians is astounding in dealing with this crisis, as is the callousness of others A warning for the nuclear energy industry and all of us, about how quickly this technology can spiral out of contr This is a fascinating, horrifying, depressing, and enlightening read, with tons of details I d never heard or learned before What s most terrifying is how much the chances of this were known inside the former Soviet Union and covered up for years along with previous accidents The heroism of many Russians is astounding in dealing with this crisis, as is the callousness of others A warning for the nuclear energy industry and all of us, about how quickly this technology can spiral out of control without transparency, honesty, readiness for all emergencies, and even with all proper planning how quickly we can destroy ourselves and our environment due to simple human error and pride Incredibly well reported and thorough, and highly recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Melise rated it really liked it This book was a fascinating read The author did a great job of telling the reader how the accident occurred, but also how Soviet culture led to the specific way that the disaster played out It Includes some scientific detail about the causes of the meltdown, but still remains quite accessible to a reader who is not a scientist.I definitely recommend this one for anyone who is interested in the strange history of the Chernobyl disaster.Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing an adv This book was a fascinating read The author did a great job of telling the reader how the accident occurred, but also how Soviet culture led to the specific way that the disaster played out It Includes some scientific detail about the causes of the meltdown, but still remains quite accessible to a reader who is not a scientist.I definitely recommend this one for anyone who is interested in the strange history of the Chernobyl disaster.Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing an advanced reading copy of this book flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Jan rated it it was amazing Shelves historical places events, historical research, historical figures, nonfiction, russia, nuclear reactor Worse than Three Mile Island in 1979 or Fukushima in 2011 was the disaster in Chernobyl in 1986 I have seen and read about the aftereffects on flora, fauna, people, land water, and atmosphere for these past thirty years but nothing trustworthy about the causes and government response This book does that, and its veracity is apparent by the amount of obsessive research in printed records and eyewitness accounts Some aspects are best understood by nuclear physicists, but a little creative eyero Worse than Three Mile Island in 1979 or Fukushima in 2011 was the disaster in Chernobyl in 1986 I have seen and read about the aftereffects on flora, fauna, people, land water, and atmosphere for these past thirty years but nothing trustworthy about the causes and government response This book does that, and its veracity is apparent by the amount of obsessive research in printed records and eyewitness accounts Some aspects are best understood by nuclear physicists, but a little creative eyerolling is not a bad thing in such cases The magnitude of incompetence tolerated and the political fallout, however, is easily understood by most of us For me, it was a Must Read, and I am thankful that I had the opportunity.I requested and received a free ebook copy from Simon and Schuster Publishing via NetGalley Thank you flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Brian Miller rated it it was amazing A very comprehensive story about the meltdown of reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear power plant It must have taken many long years of research to put together this book that reads like a novel at some points As I read this, I could not comprehend how a country as vast and supposedly modern as Russia was could inculcate this level of dysfunction from the top of nuclear industry and have it permeate throughout Almost everything that could go wrong to lead to a disaster of this magnitude went wr A very comprehensive story about the meltdown of reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear power plant It must have taken many long years of research to put together this book that reads like a novel at some points As I read this, I could not comprehend how a country as vast and supposedly modern as Russia was could inculcate this level of dysfunction from the top of nuclear industry and have it permeate throughout Almost everything that could go wrong to lead to a disaster of this magnitude went wrong from design flaws to shortcuts to untrained people in important positions, Chernobyl never had a chance It is a long book but Chernobyl has always interested me and I am glad to have read this story If you have any interest in this story at all, pick up this book You will not be disappointed Thank you Netgalley, Adam Higginbotham and Simon Schuster for the ARC for my unbiased review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Thanks to Simon and Schuster and Netgalley for the ARC of this title I thought this was well researched and interesting, and I felt my time was well spent reading it I think this title has a limited audience though there s not enough to grab the general reading public I would recommend it to friends who have worked in the nuclear field flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Jo rated it it was amazing Brillant work, Mr Higginbotham This will be the definitive and most comprehensive book on the Chernobyl disaster This was very well written, thoroughly researched and, despite being very detailed and technical at times, is very easily read Thank you, Simon Schuster and NetGalley for an ARC of this wonderful book flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Michelle Wyche rated it really liked it This was a very informative book While reading it I was shocked to learn that a nuclear power plant failed here in the United States in Pennsylvania I did not know that I do wonder though why Pripyat made the decisions that they did Why did they not want to talk about any of the disasters that happened, especially the one in Chernobyl Why did it take them close to 24 hours to evacuate the people Yes they were not sure themselves but I feel if they made the decision quicker maybe not as man This was a very informative book While reading it I was shocked to learn that a nuclear power plant failed here in the United States in Pennsylvania I did not know that I do wonder though why Pripyat made the decisions that they did Why did they not want to talk about any of the disasters that happened, especially the one in Chernobyl Why did it take them close to 24 hours to evacuate the people Yes they were not sure themselves but I feel if they made the decision quicker maybe not as many people would have gotten sick flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 23, 2018 lacy lacy s library rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, 4 stars, arc copy, ebooks, h A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Simon and Shuster for allowing me to read this early All thoughts and opinions are my own First ThoughtsI went on a nonfiction phase for a while and requested quite a few nonfiction books on Netgalley This was one of them because it combined my interest of nonfiction and my love for Russian history If you do not all know, I am a fan of Russian history I prefer tsarist Russia so like Catherine the Great and Tsar Nicholas Romanov but I ll take a A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Simon and Shuster for allowing me to read this early All thoughts and opinions are my own First ThoughtsI went on a nonfiction phase for a while and requested quite a few nonfiction books on Netgalley This was one of them because it combined my interest of nonfiction and my love for Russian history If you do not all know, I am a fan of Russian history I prefer tsarist Russia so like Catherine the Great and Tsar Nicholas Romanov but I ll take any Russian history and I ve always been interested in the Chernobyl incident since I watched the Chernobyl Diaries This book piqued my interest for sure.ReadabilityOne of the first things I look for in nonfiction books is readability If the book isn t easily understood then I m not going to enjoy it no matter how interest the subject of the book may be This book was pretty easy to read for the most part It lost me here and there with the science aspects but honestly that s to be expected with me I also had a bit of trouble pronouncing the Russian names and keeping them all straight ContentNormally, I would put plot here but with nonfiction books there isn t really a plot The content was incredibly insightful No stone was left unturned and everything was discussed I m honestly surprised that things were not worse considering just how much secrecy was going on I mean honestly The Russians were so secretive about everything even though things were happening outside the country and the Russians were like NOPE Nothing to see here it was beyond frustrating to read People were getting incredibly sick and no one beside government officials knew why I was just seeing red during that part of the book.Trigger WarningsThe trigger warning here aren t too terrible It s mostly graphic descriptions of burns and injuries that are bound to come with nuclear activity It s sprinkled throughout the book as the author keeps checking up on the people who were injured There is also trigger warnings for death Final ThoughtsOverall, this was fantastic I learned quite a bit about this incident I also learned about radioactivity and how dangerous it is I will certainly be checking out from this author and about this incident flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Edwin Howard rated it it was amazing Amazingly detailed and eye opening MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL, by Adam Higginbotham, tells the fascinating story of that unforgettable night in 1986 when our world changed forever Higginbotham sets up the incident by describing how nuclear power symbolized strength and technological advancement to the USSR during the Cold War and how the USSR went to great lengths to hide its faults, accidents, and or errors in judgment when painting their image of nuclear domination That style of strong image ver Amazingly detailed and eye opening MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL, by Adam Higginbotham, tells the fascinating story of that unforgettable night in 1986 when our world changed forever Higginbotham sets up the incident by describing how nuclear power symbolized strength and technological advancement to the USSR during the Cold War and how the USSR went to great lengths to hide its faults, accidents, and or errors in judgment when painting their image of nuclear domination That style of strong image versus weaker reality was used throughout USSR in every aspect When the Chernobyl event happened, it triggered a series of events that eventually toppled the USSR powerhouse and Higginbotham presents a clear case that Chernobyl was to first step in that collapse Higginbotham follows many people throughout the book, from the mayor and town planners of Pripyat the town created to support the nuclear plant , to some of the wives that had to deal with leaving their homes without knowing the status of their husbands, to the firefighters and pilots as part of the effort to stop further calamities once the initial meltdown occurred The most interesting, though, was the mid and upper management people Higginbotham wrote about and how their fates varied depending direct involvement, level of responsibility, whether they worked at the plant or were scientists that helped design the plant The governmental fallout was equally interesting to read about and Higginbotham did a good job looking at the issues from both sides and described in wonderful detail how each side the operators of the plant versus the scientists who designed the plant was constantly pointing fingers at each other and pushing blame back and forth Enlightened and educated are the words I use when describing the impact that MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL had on me when I finished reading the book This book really cleared up many of my misunderstandings regarding the events leading up to the meltdown, the meltdown itself, and the aftermath Thank you to Simon Schuster , Adam Higginbotham, and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Dec 15, 2018 Sasha rated it really liked it First I would like to state that I received this book through the giveaway in exchange for an honest review I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book When I received this book I began reading it at once.The author has written a very impressive book of historical importance It brings to light the events that surrounded the Chernobyl catastrophe of 1986 which may be unknown to many It is a story about the meltdown of rea First I would like to state that I received this book through the giveaway in exchange for an honest review I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book When I received this book I began reading it at once.The author has written a very impressive book of historical importance It brings to light the events that surrounded the Chernobyl catastrophe of 1986 which may be unknown to many It is a story about the meltdown of reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear power plant I would think it would have taken many years of research to put together this book Excellent reportage on a critical point in history A lot of research and a lot of eyewitness accounts Even though the subject matter is at times very difficult to get through, the book is impeccably researched and just so well written that you can t stop reading This book was very well written I highly recommend pre ordering it on flag Like see review Dec 29, 2018 Ken rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways Adam Higginbotham gives us a look at the horror fiasco that was Chernobyl While it is implied as the greatest nuclear disaster of the 20th century, I think that claim can be argued by the estimated 250.000 deads in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan And that was no accident, my friends Not to distract from the brilliant investigative work and writing in the book, Midnight in Chernobyl It is an opportunity for an inside view behind the iron curtain The story contains minute by minute details and i Adam Higginbotham gives us a look at the horror fiasco that was Chernobyl While it is implied as the greatest nuclear disaster of the 20th century, I think that claim can be argued by the estimated 250.000 deads in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan And that was no accident, my friends Not to distract from the brilliant investigative work and writing in the book, Midnight in Chernobyl It is an opportunity for an inside view behind the iron curtain The story contains minute by minute details and interviews with those behind the scenes The outcome makes us realize what the significance of TMI 2 could have resulted in RBMK 1000 left the farm town of Pripyat as an uninhabitable nightmare for the estimated next 20,000 years You will be not too impressed with the Russian reactor designs or their civil service.Certainly, a piece of history well documented flag Like see review Dec 27, 2018 Jan rated it it was amazing This shocking story of the events that took place needs to be required reading in an environmental science class The accident has left its mark on not only Russia but surrounding areas You will feel pity, anger and fear as you learn about the devastation flag Like see review Jan 24, 2019 Jim rated it it was amazing This was a fantastic, well researched book chronicling the disaster in Chernobyl, Russia It s a testimony to failed government policy and a total disregard for the dangers of nuclear power plants If you re interested in what happened during this disaster, this books for you flag Like see review Dec 12, 2018 Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves history, ussr Excellent reportage on a critical point in history A lot of research and a lot of eyewitness accounts The fall of the USSR accelerated here flag Like see review Dec 29, 2018 KarnagesMistress rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways, 2019 wcpl reading challenge, favorites This book will also satisfy the 2019 Watauga County Public Library Reading Challenge categories I received this book for free through Giveaways on Monday, December 24, 2018 It is an advance reader s edition flag Like see review Nov 16, 2018 David V rated it really liked it Received as an ARC from the publisher Started 12 16 18 Finished 12 30 18 Well researched 130 pages of footnotes and bibliography scary still scary after 32 years Poor reactor design that was covered up poor training for those employees for before and after the accident also covered up supervisors with little or no nuclear power experience covered up government politicians with no understanding of nuclear accidents covered up local politicians not providing immediate warnings to nearb Received as an ARC from the publisher Started 12 16 18 Finished 12 30 18 Well researched 130 pages of footnotes and bibliography scary still scary after 32 years Poor reactor design that was covered up poor training for those employees for before and after the accident also covered up supervisors with little or no nuclear power experience covered up government politicians with no understanding of nuclear accidents covered up local politicians not providing immediate warnings to nearby communities also covered up and lying to the local population about the dangers of nuclear accidents covered up medical staff with little training and refusal to allow assistance from the West covered up the arrogance of Soviet leaders that their system is foolproof and the world s greatest and has no need of outsiders arrogance and ignorance deadly combination Chernobyl was doomed to happen eventually Should be required reading for everyone working in the nuclear field,whether for peace, medicine, weapons or energy flag Like see review Eddy rated it did not like it Nov 25, 2018 Mary Fisher rated it really liked it Jan 24, 2019 Mel rated it it was amazing Jan 14, 2019 Rachel Fox rated it it was amazing Jan 24, 2019 Scott Freeman rated it it was amazing Nov 12, 2018 Jt rated it it was amazing Dec 19, 2018 Jen Sloan rated it really liked it Dec 27, 2018 Rob Walsh rated it it was amazing Nov 20, 2018 previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also 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    1. The Chernobyl disaster is an event that has fascinated me over the past couple of decades I was in my early teens when it actually happened and although I remember seeing the news stories about the disaster on TV, being an adolescent at the time with an adolescent s priorities, it didn t really register with me As I ve gotten older I have become interested in reading about historical events that took place either before I was born or when I was too young to fully appreciate the significan The C [...]

    2. I won this book as a giveaway for Interesting book about the horrible events that unfolded almost 30 years ago It gives you a look at why it was created, why the location, who were involved, what are atoms, Gemma and beta, and so forth I do wish we got information about the people made to leave and followed them , but this book focused on the administration which was still really interesting Granted, I m not 100 percent sure how accurate it is and how dramatic the aut I won this book as a giv [...]

    3. Midnight in Chernobyl is a definitive and chilling account of the nuclear disaster that began on April 25 26, 1986 when the fourth nuclear reactor of the Chernobyl plant imploded, causing a nuclear disaster that the USSR tried to deny but had to reveal when the fallout spread into Europe If you remember Chernobyl, this book is definitely worth reading If the words Chernobyl or USSR seem like ancient history, Midnight in Chernobyl is definitely worth reading.When Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuc Mi [...]

    4. The author has written an impressive, comprehensive book of historical importance It brings to light events surrounding the Chernobyl catastrophe of 1986 which may be unknown to many in the Western world, and even to the Russian people The author presents a crash course in nuclear physics and energy, simplified as much as possible This may present difficulties for the average reader without some background knowledge I thought the human factor surrounding the disaster to be interesting and ap The [...]

    5. Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham, published by Simon Schuster.Category History Nuclear Physics Publication Date February 12, 2019.This is the most compelling and honest account of the Chernobyl disaster that has ever been written.I am not a physicist or a nuclear physicist in fact, I had a difficult time with basic Math So saying that there is a lot of jargon concerning what happened that night in nuclear physics terminology and it is necessary that it be read so the re Midnight in Che [...]

    6. Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Schuster Canada for this complimentary advanced virtual copy in return for an honest and unbiased review On Saturday, April 26, 1986, reactor number four of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat in the Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, exploded during a safety system test that was supposed to have been taken place before the reactor was approved for operation in December 1983 The years leading to this nuclear disaster were spiked with propaganda Thank you to Ne [...]

    7. This is a fascinating, horrifying, depressing, and enlightening read, with tons of details I d never heard or learned before What s most terrifying is how much the chances of this were known inside the former Soviet Union and covered up for years along with previous accidents The heroism of many Russians is astounding in dealing with this crisis, as is the callousness of others A warning for the nuclear energy industry and all of us, about how quickly this technology can spiral out of contr This [...]

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