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--THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER-- 'An invaluable contribution to history.' Serhii Plokhy, Evening Standard 'Tells the story of the disaster and its gruesome aftermath with thriller-like flair. Midnight in Chernobylis wonderful and chilling ... written with skill and passion.' Luke Harding, The Observer 'Superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying... every step feels spring-loaded with tension... extraordinary.' The New York Times 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 not only its own citizens, but all of humanity. 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 Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to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 non-fiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history- a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth. Midnight In Chernobylis an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of human resilience and ingenuity, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will--lessons which, in the face of climate change and other threats-remain not just vital but necessary.… (mais)
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Título:Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Autores:Adam Higginbotham (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2019), Edition: Reprint, 561 pages
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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster por Adam Higginbotham (2019)

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Well, I must admit that some of the science in this book was over my head. However, I finished up with a deeper understanding of the horrifying nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. Unfortunately, even without the Soviet desire to maintain their image of a technologically advanced country, there seems to be no way to completely avoid such disasters. The problem is, in my opinion, that it only takes a single human or technological error to kill or maim millions. Why do we human beings insist on implementing scientific knowledge? Just because we know how some things work, does not mean that it is a good idea to act on it. Fracking presents similar conflicts. Despite all efforts to prevent disaster, it will only take one. When will we learn? Or will we continue to rely on human ingenuity to solve the unintended problems of our own creation? ( )
  hemlokgang | May 14, 2021 |
The title says it all, really. In this book, Adam Higginbotham meticulously tells the story of the Chernobyl disaster: not just the explosion at the reactor, but thirty years before the explosion, to illustrate how the culture in which the reactors were developed and built sowed the seeds of ruin. It talks about the terrible toll on the workers in the plant and on the cleanup crews: the place was so irradiated that the robots built to clean up debris and spare the humans couldn’t function, so humans had to run in, often for mere seconds, before they acquired the maximum lifetime radiation exposure. And those who were caught in the blast suffered agonizing illness, acute radiation syndrome, whose symptoms were horrific. Other survivors lived with the effects of lower level radiation exposure and the psychological trauma of the incident.

This book was very well researched and well written. It bounces around in time a bit for the first few chapters, starting just before the fatal test begins, then going back to the building of the reactor, then returning to 1986, but it eventually settled down and became more linear. Higginbotham was able to speak with some of the survivors, and their accounts enrich the work. The book is heavy on the text, with pictures limited to a map, a plant diagram, some pictures of the building, and some photos of the people involved in the story. Mercifully, there were no photos of people with acute radiation syndrome; the text descriptions were enough.

I would highly recommend this book if you are at all interested in the disaster, if you’ve watched the HBO series, or if you are interested in accident investigation and safety. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Mar 6, 2021 |
“If we survive until the morning, we’ll live forever.”

Amazingly well researched. Brutal and heartbreaking. ( )
  rjcrunden | Feb 2, 2021 |
This seems to be the definitive book about Chernobyl. Very well researched and presented, portrays both the science/engineering and bureaucracy/confusion. Until KGB files are fully declassified (unlikely...), we're unlikely to see much more.

(Incidentally, the HBO miniseries was actually fairly accurate, particularly in tone more so than specific facts, and well worth watching.)

The bravery of those who dealt with the disaster (both plant personnel and the Liquidators), knowingly and unknowingly risking their lives both to save others and, in the case of scientists, partially for pure scientific curiosity, is remarkable. That a lot of their actions ultimately weren't beneficial does make it a bit sadder, although it seems like there was also a huge amount of luck preventing the accident being even worse (particularly a full meltdown into the water table; this was closer to happening than was thought in the years immediately following). That the USSR had massive shortages of everything but could essentially next-day provide massive quantities of materiel when commanded from the top was also shockingly different than market economies, and it's interesting to think about how different systems and societies would deal with various types of disasters. The role of Chernobyl and the response in opening and then breaking apart the USSR is also pretty substantial and ultimately may have saved more lives than the accident itself has cost, although it was still a very high price. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
I so wanted to enjoy and finish this book, but it is a little too challenging for me to read on my own. I would have preferred to read it in a book club setting where I would be held accountable to pay attention and keep going. This book earned a spot in the New York Time's Top Ten Books of 2019, and I can totally see why. I am definitely going to watch HBO's Chernobyl to continue learning about this event.
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
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--THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER-- 'An invaluable contribution to history.' Serhii Plokhy, Evening Standard 'Tells the story of the disaster and its gruesome aftermath with thriller-like flair. Midnight in Chernobylis wonderful and chilling ... written with skill and passion.' Luke Harding, The Observer 'Superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying... every step feels spring-loaded with tension... extraordinary.' The New York Times 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 not only its own citizens, but all of humanity. 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 more 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 non-fiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history- a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth. Midnight In Chernobylis an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of human resilience and ingenuity, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will--lessons which, in the face of climate change and other threats-remain not just vital but necessary.

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