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:History
ISBN:Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold 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...
  • Leftbanker
    May 19, 2019
    I began this book out of desperation from the cliff-hanger of episode 2 of Chernobyl on HBO, one of the best TV dramas I?ve ever watched. Like the series, the pacing and tone of this account reads like the best of thrillers and I literally couldn?t put it down. I?m old enough...
  • 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 ...
  • Mary
    May 17, 2019
    An amazing read. So glad I don?t live in the Soviet Union. Lives are sacrificed to maintain image and political message. Secrecy and fear rule people?s lives. . A well researched recounting of the nuclear accident, the clean up attempts, and impact on the individuals directly i...
  • Karyl
    May 22, 2019
    I was only 7 when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant melted down. It?s always been part of my sense of the world, but I didn?t know much about it other than the fact that the area around the plant is still unsafe for human habitation, even 33 years later, and will be for hundreds mo...
  • AdiTurbo
    Jun 17, 2019
    The amount of research and work this book must have required is unfathomable, as is the horror of the story and the exquisite and sensitive way Higginbotham tells it. After watching the TV series, I just had to know more about what happened, and was truly satisfied with the detailed ex...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    Apr 28, 2019
    It could have easily become the end of the world as we know it.....a nuclear disaster which was not connected to war......a series of human error that continues to haunt. This is the harrowing account of the April, 1986 explosion at Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station in ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ruth
    May 29, 2019
    An extraordinarily well-researched account of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, which also manages to be compulsively readable and more entertaining than some science fiction. Higginbotham places the disaster very well both within the context of the history of Soviet nuclear power (and p...
  • Daniel Simmons
    Jun 04, 2019
    Thrilling and nightmarish. Having paid a 2017 visit to the Chernobyl Exclusion Area and toured the chillingly abandoned (and surreally beautiful) environs of Pripyat town, I found myself nodding in recognition at a lot of what Higginbotham wrote here, as well as learning a huge amount ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kirti Upreti
    Jun 18, 2019
    ?Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.? We live in a world where a small group of people decide the fate of the rest of us while making us believe that their version of reality is the perfect world. Capitalism, communism, democracy, autocra...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Monika
    Jun 04, 2019
    "For us, the war continues, and, little by little, we are slipping away from this world." - Midnight in Chernobyl, Adam Higginbotham 'The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster', as the subtitle of the book reads, really interested me from a very long time. I have be...
  • 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...
  • Mellie Antoinette
    May 28, 2019
    Picture it, Sophia Petrillo style: April 26, 1986 1:23:45 in the morning (though God knows why anyone was up to notice. Ma!) Boom. Kablewey. You pick. Things burn. 51,300 comrades ? (Ma!) in their beds. It was only a 2 minute flight from Reactor 4 to Pripyat. Maybe 10 min...
  • Aneeza Rafiq
    Jun 11, 2019
    Vivid storytelling and absolutely meticulous reporting, Adam Higginbotham has made sure that anyone who hasn't even heard the word 'Chernobyl' would emerge from this book with newfound knowledge and enlightenment. Anyone who would like to learn about history would love this book. The a...
  • George
    Jun 22, 2019
    This book covers the events from the construction of the plant to the fall of the Soviet Union, but unlike Serhii Plokhy he does it from the perspective of the people who were actually close enough to absorb the radiation. Mostly he focused on the scientists, workers and liquidators, w...
  • 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...
  • ALLEN
    Apr 26, 2019
    Of all the sorry spectacles that characterized the fearful 45-year interlude called the Cold War, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster has to be one of the worst. The site was supposed to embody the best and most flawless of Soviet technology -- four enormous nuclear reactors pumping out eno...
  • 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...
  • Mona
    Jul 04, 2019
    This is probably one of the most comprehensive books about Cherbobyl disaster. Author and his multiple researchers did a great job going through documentation, books, articles and statements. They also interviewed quite a few people who participated in described events. Book is well...