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 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 ...

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Title:Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Author:Adam Higginbotham
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Midnight in Chernobyl: The Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:538 pages pages

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

  • Kasandra
    Jan 01, 2019
    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 h...
  • Morgan
    Mar 27, 2019
    It took fourteen days to read, but I was riveted and fascinated the entire time. I am too young to remember the Chernobyl melt down when the event took place in 1986, but I'm certain it's an event that contributed to my very vague, yet frightening notions of the war grown ups referred ...
  • Charlene Mathe
    Apr 23, 2019
    This is a book you will not forget, with many lessons on human character and bureaucratic inefficiencies. A great chapter in the Human Story well worth the read. ...
  • Faith McLellan
    Mar 16, 2019
    I cannot recommend this book highly enough. A riveting work of investigative journalism and scholarship. Filled with utterly fantastic details. A terribly human story, of monumental importance. ...
  • Mimi
    Mar 20, 2019
    I thought I'd heard an interview with Higgenbotham, but maybe it was just a fabulous review that put this book on my radar. It came in from the library just before I left on a trip, and it was a compelling thrillerish, horrifying read that I zipped through on just one flight. This is p...
  • Alexander Vishnyakov
    Feb 18, 2019
    A monumental work which explores the causes of the worst nuclear accident in history. The blame is mainly placed on the delapidated Soviet system itself. The book demonstrates how planned Soviet economy promoted negligence and stifled the free flow of information, which is essential fo...
  • Paul Pessolano
    Dec 28, 2018
    ?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 p...
  • Melise
    Jan 19, 2019
    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 qui...
  • Josh
    Apr 22, 2019
    I was thoroughly engaged by Higginbotham's compelling narrative of the total and utter disaster of Chernobyl. I didn't really know anything about it until picking up this book. What was most surprising about this disaster was all the problems leading up to it. Shortly after the disaste...
  • Carolyn
    Nov 16, 2018
    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 ph...
  • Nick T. Borrelli
    Oct 25, 2018
    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 did...
  • Ron
    Mar 19, 2019
    It's hard to find a book that combines impeccable journalism with a cracking good story, but here you have it. Lavishly referenced and footnoted, this definitive history of the world's worst nuclear accident (so far) nearly creates its own genre. With astute tie-ins to Cold War politic...
  • Chaitra
    Mar 03, 2019
    This book was horrifying. I?m pretty sure it has been giving me nightmares ever since I started reading it. I?ve known of Chernobyl for a long while, even before I knew what radioactivity was. But I don?t think I?m against nuclear energy as a power source. But this book, about ...
  • Jan
    Dec 13, 2018
    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....
  • Sasha
    Dec 15, 2018
    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads 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 a...
  • Kate Olson
    Apr 21, 2019
    Riveting, horrifying, absolutely STELLAR reporting. I have always been fascinated (in horror) at the Chernobyl disaster and this book was JUST what I needed to wrap my mind around it. The only criticism I can possibly think of is that I would have loved even MORE pictures but I was abl...
  • Steven Z.
    Mar 04, 2019
    March 28, 1979 was an overcast day in Woodbridge, Va. when news arrived of a nuclear accident at Three Mile Island Unit 2 reactor near Middletown, Pa. Feeling totally in the dark when it came to information about the accident, my neighbors and I gathered outside our homes and immediate...
  • Gina
    Jan 06, 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 Uni...
  • Marjorie
    Apr 06, 2019
    4.5 ...
  • Paul
    Mar 17, 2019
    While I was alive when reactor number four explode, I was far too young to have any conscious memories or thoughts about it. Over the years there have been a few programs scattered across different t.v channels about the disaster and my parents have said a few bits and pieces about th...
  • Samantha Colwell
    Mar 09, 2019
    I needed to live with a level of ignorance about what could possibly happen to my body during a nuclear holocaust, but now I am far too knowledgeable. Review from HelloYellowRoom.com. I have always been fascinated by the Chernobyl disaster, like many other morbid connoisseurs of ...
  • Jackie
    Dec 22, 2018
    I won this book as a giveaway for goodreads. 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 more information abo...
  • Kathleen
    Mar 26, 2019
    Everyone knows that Chernobyl was a horrible nuclear accident that poisoned the entire area around the reactor. So?what is to be learned in this latest recounting of the disaster? Plenty! Higginbotham?s excellent journalism reads like a true crime novel. And his human interest stor...
  • Beata
    Mar 06, 2019
    Having read several books on this catastrophe, I was tempted yet again to learn more about the disaster which affected directly, among others, my country to a still unknown degree. The Midnight in Chernobyl is one of the best non-fiction that you can read in order to obtain the most in...
  • lacy [lacy’s library]
    Nov 23, 2018
    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 Thoughts I went on a nonfiction phase for a while and requested quite a few nonfiction books on Netgalley. This was one of them because i...
  • ElizabethAnne Olsen
    Feb 20, 2019
    Just. Fucking. Fantastic. The descriptions of the destruction seemed so surreal like it was a fictional dystopian novel. So difficult to grasp the enormity of this as a real event. The horrific descriptions of ailments to the ones who suffered exposure was intense and necessary. Everyo...
  • Nadine
    Apr 08, 2019
    This book is not only a ripping yarn about the real past but is also a warning for the future. Seldom have I read such a clear, riveting account of an historical event. Highly recommended - though very sobering. ...
  • Brian Miller
    Nov 28, 2018
    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 ...
  • Chaz
    Apr 07, 2019
    My favorite book I have read so far this year, and I suspect it may not be topped in the remaining eight months. Really really fascinating, and while I recall when this accident happened, I really had no feeling for just how catastrophic it was. I mean I had NO IDEA the Chernobyl #4...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 28, 2019
    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 Euro...