Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy (Paperback)Serhii Plokhy (author)
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From an outstanding shortlist, Serhii Plokhy’s charged and impeccably-researched history of the Chernobyl disaster emerged as the triumphant winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2018. In Serhii Plokhy’s riveting account, the tragedy becomes emblematic of the decline of the Soviet state itself, from the complacency that led to the disaster, to the massive underestimation of its political and human aftermath. Sobering and gripping, the volume stands as a powerful testimony to the terrible consequences of national hubris.
Winner of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019
Winner of the Ballie Gifford Prize 2018
On 26 April 1986 at 1.23am a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine exploded. While the authorities scrambled to understand what was occurring, workers, engineers, firefighters and those living in the area were abandoned to their fate. The blast put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation, contaminating over half of Europe with radioactive fallout.
In Chernobyl, award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy draws on recently opened archives to recreate these events in all their drama. A moment by moment account of the heroes, perpetrators and victims of a tragedy, Chernobyl is the first full account of a gripping, unforgettable Cold War story.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 315 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
'This history reads like an academic thriller written by Malcolm Gladwell. Plokhy has a knack for making complicated things simple while still profound.' - The Observer
'A lucid account of how the Soviet mania for nuclear power combined with endemic shoddiness in the the industrial sector and near-paranoid habits of state secrecy led to the 1986 distaster.' - FT
'…plunges the reader into the sweaty, nervous tension of the Chernobyl control room on the fateful night when human frailty and design flaws combined to such devastating effect.' - The Guardian
'...the first full-scale history of the world's worst nuclear disaster…Plokhy is a master of the telling detail' - The Sunday Times
'An important work that offers a clear-eyed assessment of the disaster and its consequences. . . Plokhy tells the story with great assurance and style, and the majority of his material appears here for the first time in English' - Tobie Mathew, Literary Review
'An ambitious work. . . Plokhy's range, from scene-setting and character-sketching to hard science and political analysis, is near-Tolstoyan. His voice is humane and inflected with nostalgia' - Roland Elliott Brown, Spectator
'A compelling history of the 1986 disaster and its aftermath . . . plunges the reader into the sweaty, nervous tension of the Chernobyl control room on that fateful night when human frailty and design flaws combined to such devastating effect' Daniel Beer, Guardian
'Haunting ... near-Tolstoyan. His voice is humane and inflected with nostalgia' Roland Elliott Brown, Spectator
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