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Chernobyl

Author : Serhii Plokhy
Publisher : Penguin UK
Page : 472 pages
File Size : 43,7 Mb
Release : 2018-05-15
Category : History
ISBN : 9780241349038

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Chernobyl by Serhii Plokhy Pdf

Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize 2018 'An insightful and important book, that often reads like a good thriller, and that exposes the danger of mixing powerful technology with irresponsible politics' - Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens 'As moving as it is painstakingly researched. . . a cracking read' - Viv Groskop, Observer The gripping story of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, from an acclaimed historian and writer On the morning of 26 April 1986 Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. The outburst put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation. In the end, less than five percent of the reactor's fuel escaped, but that was enough to contaminate over half of Europe with radioactive fallout. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy recreates these events in all of their drama, telling the stories of the firefighters, scientists, engineers, workers, soldiers, and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear Armageddon and succeeded in doing the seemingly impossible: extinguishing the nuclear inferno and putting the reactor to sleep. While it is clear that the immediate cause of the accident was a turbine test gone wrong, Plokhy shows how the deeper roots of Chernobyl lay in the nature of the Soviet political system and the flaws of its nuclear industry. A little more than five years later, the Soviet Union would fall apart, destroyed from within by its unsustainable communist ideology and the dysfunctional managerial and economic systems laid bare in the wake of the disaster. A poignant, fast paced account of the drama of heroes, perpetrators, and victims, Chernobyl is the definitive history of the world's worst nuclear disaster.

Voices from Chernobyl

Author : Светлана Алексиевич
Publisher : White Lion Publishing
Page : 216 pages
File Size : 51,6 Mb
Release : 1999
Category : History
ISBN : UOM:39015048523842

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Voices from Chernobyl by Светлана Алексиевич Pdf

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award A journalist by trade, who now suffers from an immune deficiency developed while researching this book, presents personal accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus after the nuclear reactor accident in 1986, and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they still live with. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."

Chernobyl

Author : Jim Smith,Nicholas A. Beresford
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Page : 310 pages
File Size : 42,7 Mb
Release : 2006-08-29
Category : Technology & Engineering
ISBN : 9783540280798

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Chernobyl by Jim Smith,Nicholas A. Beresford Pdf

As the debate about the environmental cost of nuclear power and the issue of nuclear safety continues, a comprehensive assessment of the Chernobyl accident, its long-term environmental consequences and solutions to the problems found, is timely. Although many books have been published which discuss the accident itself and the immediate emergency response in great detail, none have dealt primarily with the environmental issues involved. The authors provide a detailed review of the long-term environmental consequences, in a wide range of ecosystems, many of which are only now becoming apparent. They also highlight responses and counter-measures to combat the environmental consequences and discuss health, social, psychological and economic impacts on the human population as well as the long-term effects on biota.

Midnight in Chernobyl

Author : Adam Higginbotham
Publisher : Simon & Schuster
Page : 560 pages
File Size : 51,5 Mb
Release : 2020-02-04
Category : History
ISBN : 9781501134630

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Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham Pdf

A New York Times Best Book of the Year A Time Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Winner From journalist Adam Higginbotham, the New York Times bestselling “account that reads almost like the script for a movie” (The Wall Street Journal)—a powerful investigation into Chernobyl and how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the history’s worst nuclear disasters. Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters. 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 more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a “riveting, deeply reported reconstruction” (Los Angeles Times) and a definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth. “The most complete and compelling history yet” (The Christian Science Monitor), Higginbotham’s “superb, enthralling, and necessarily terrifying...extraordinary” (The New York Times) book is an indelible portrait of 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.

Escape From Chernobyl

Author : Andy Marino
Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
Page : 157 pages
File Size : 40,6 Mb
Release : 2021-12-07
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9781338770650

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Escape From Chernobyl by Andy Marino Pdf

From Andy Marino, author of The Plot to Kill Hitler series, comes another fast-paced historical thriller chronicling one family's desperate bid to escape the deadly Chernobyl disaster. 26 April 1986 01:18 Alina & Lev are two siblings living in Pripyat, one of the Soviet Union's proud nuclear cities. Both are asleep in their beds. Their cousin, Yuri, is a custodian at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, where he's fiercely attacking a spill in the hallway with a mop. Alina's best friend, Sofiya, sleeps just a few doors down. Her father is an engineer at the plant, a fact that has always filled her with pride. In five minutes, Reactor No. 4 will explode in a ball of fire. It will expel radiation across their town for nine days before it's finally contained. For the people of Pripyat, it will be far too late. — Two young siblings flee the Chernobyl disaster with their parents, but the Communist party is on their heels. Meanwhile, the friends and family they were forced to leave behind must contend with a disinformation campaign that's determined to pretend nothing is wrong-even as deadly radiation spills into the air.

The Meanings of a Disaster

Author : Karena Kalmbach
Publisher : Berghahn Books
Page : 235 pages
File Size : 47,7 Mb
Release : 2020-12-07
Category : History
ISBN : 9781789207033

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The Meanings of a Disaster by Karena Kalmbach Pdf

The disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was an event of obviously transnational significance—not only in the airborne particulates it deposited across the Northern hemisphere, but in the political and social repercussions it set off well beyond the Soviet bloc. Focusing on the cases of Great Britain and France, this innovative study explores the discourses and narratives that arose in the wake of the incident among both state and nonstate actors. It gives a thorough account of the stereotypes, framings, and “othering” strategies that shaped Western European nations’ responses to the disaster, and of their efforts to come to terms with its long-term consequences up to the present day.

The Collapse

Author : Mary Elise Sarotte
Publisher : Basic Books
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 42,9 Mb
Release : 2014-10-07
Category : History
ISBN : 9780465056903

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The Collapse by Mary Elise Sarotte Pdf

On the night of November 9, 1989, massive crowds surged toward the Berlin Wall, drawn by an announcement that caught the world by surprise: East Germans could now move freely to the West. The Wall -- infamous symbol of divided Cold War Europe -- seemed to be falling. But the opening of the gates that night was not planned by the East German ruling regime -- nor was it the result of a bargain between either Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. It was an accident. In The Collapse, prize-winning historian Mary Elise Sarotte reveals how a perfect storm of decisions made by daring underground revolutionaries, disgruntled Stasi officers, and dictatorial party bosses sparked an unexpected series of events culminating in the chaotic fall of the Wall. With a novelist's eye for character and detail, she brings to vivid life a story that sweeps across Budapest, Prague, Dresden, and Leipzig and up to the armed checkpoints in Berlin. We meet the revolutionaries Roland Jahn, Aram Radomski, and Siggi Schefke, risking it all to smuggle the truth across the Iron Curtain; the hapless Politburo member GüSchabowski, mistakenly suggesting that the Wall is open to a press conference full of foreign journalists, including NBC's Tom Brokaw; and Stasi officer Harald Jär, holding the fort at the crucial border crossing that night. Soon, Brokaw starts broadcasting live from Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, where the crowds are exulting in the euphoria of newfound freedom -- and the dictators are plotting to restore control. Drawing on new archival sources and dozens of interviews, The Collapse offers the definitive account of the night that brought down the Berlin Wall.

Voices from Chernobyl

Author : Svetlana Alexievich
Publisher : Deep Vellum Publishing
Page : 274 pages
File Size : 44,8 Mb
Release : 2015-10-16
Category : History
ISBN : 9781943150991

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Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich Pdf

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award A journalist by trade, who now suffers from an immune deficiency developed while researching this book, presents personal accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus after the nuclear reactor accident in 1986, and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they still live with. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."

Chernobyl

Author : Ihor F. Kostin
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 250 pages
File Size : 41,5 Mb
Release : 2006
Category : Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobylʹ, Ukraine, 1986
ISBN : STANFORD:36105123263068

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Chernobyl by Ihor F. Kostin Pdf

"Named the "man of legend" by the Washington Post, Igor Kostin is the main witness of the Chernobyl catastrophe. On April 26, 1986, several hours after the explosion, he flew over the plant; the radioactivity was so high that all his films turned black. Only one single picture survived: it was shown around the world. Surprised by the enormity of the disaster and the silence of the authorities, Kostin decided to stay and live in the midst of the 800,000 "liquidators" who followed each other on the site of the accident." "Himself affected by radiation, he did not stop, but for twenty years continued to photograph the plant and the forbidden zone surrounding it. His story became the story of Chernobyl. He witnessed the evacuation of villages, the desperation and the courage of the people, the construction of the sarcophagus, the men transporting radioactive blocks with naked hands, the machine cemetery, where man no longer belongs ... For the first time he tells the story in words and in pictures."--BOOK JACKET.

Chernobyl

Author : Frederik Pohl
Publisher : Macmillan
Page : 384 pages
File Size : 44,9 Mb
Release : 2013-10-22
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781466833005

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Chernobyl: The very name conjures the catastrophe that the world feared could happen someday at a nuclear power plant. On April 26, 1986, a power surge caused the core of one of the reactors to explode, spewing a cloud of radioactive steam into the Ukrainian air. More than four thousand people died, as many as a half-million suffered potentially cancer-causing exposure, and the city around the plant became a toxic wasteland in which nothing could live. Before the disaster at the Chernobyl plant, nuclear catastrophe had been only a fear, a threat. But when the Chernobyl plant was destroyed, all those fears were suddenly all too real.? ? Frederik Pohl's novel of this disaster was written months after the tragic events. He had the cooperation of many people inside the U.S.S.R. with access to technical information and first-person accounts of what is still the most tragic nuclear event in human history and only one of two level 7 nuclear accidents, along with the Fukushima disaster of 2011. This is fiction, but it is the most riveting, realistic account of what happened that has ever been written. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Chernobyl and Nuclear Power in the USSR

Author : David Roger Marples,Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
Publisher : CIUS Press
Page : 244 pages
File Size : 45,5 Mb
Release : 1986
Category : Business & Economics
ISBN : 0920862500

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Chernobyl 01

Author : Andrew Leatherbarrow
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 256 pages
File Size : 42,7 Mb
Release : 2016-04-26
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 099359753X

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Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom

Author : Rebecca L. Johnson
Publisher : Lerner Publishing Group
Page : 68 pages
File Size : 40,5 Mb
Release : 2014-11-01
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781467711548

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Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom by Rebecca L. Johnson Pdf

After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion in Ukraine, scientists believed radiation had created a vast and barren wasteland in which life could never resurface. But the Dead Zone, as the contaminated area is known, doesn't look dead at all. In fact, wildlife seems to be thriving there. The Zone is home to beetles, swallows, catfish, mice, voles, otters, beavers, wild boar, foxes, lynx, deer, moose?even brown bears and wolves. Yet the animals in the Zone are not quite what you'd expect. Every single one of them is radioactive. In Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom, you'll meet the international scientists investigating the Zone's wildlife and trying to answer difficult questions: Have some animals adapted to living with radiation? Or is the radioactive environment harming them in ways we can't see or that will only show up in future generations? Learn more about the fascinating ongoing research?and the debates that surround the findings?in one of the most dangerous places on Earth.

Chernobyl

Author : David Erik Nelson
Publisher : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Page : 234 pages
File Size : 50,8 Mb
Release : 2009-11-20
Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
ISBN : 9780737750805

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Chernobyl by David Erik Nelson Pdf

Your readers will benefit from this collection of twenty-three essays that provide varying perspectives on the Chernobyl disaster. Essays discuss the development of the Soviet nuclear industry, radiation exposure, farming in contaminated zones, tourism, and other related topics. Personal stories about the accident will leave a lasting impression on readers as they learn about a control room worker who discusses the accident and life after, and hear from an Irish activist working with Chernobyl orphans. Essay sources include the International Atomic Energy Agency, Glenn Alan Cheney, and Yelena Starovoitova.

Life Exposed

Author : Adriana Petryna
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Page : 305 pages
File Size : 55,9 Mb
Release : 2013-03-20
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781400845095

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Life Exposed by Adriana Petryna Pdf

On April 26, 1986, Unit Four of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in then Soviet Ukraine. More than 3.5 million people in Ukraine alone, not to mention many citizens of surrounding countries, are still suffering the effects. Life Exposed is the first book to comprehensively examine the vexed political, scientific, and social circumstances that followed the disaster. Tracing the story from an initial lack of disclosure to post-Soviet democratizing attempts to compensate sufferers, Adriana Petryna uses anthropological tools to take us into a world whose social realities are far more immediate and stark than those described by policymakers and scientists. She asks: What happens to politics when state officials fail to inform their fellow citizens of real threats to life? What are the moral and political consequences of remedies available in the wake of technological disasters? Through extensive research in state institutions, clinics, laboratories, and with affected families and workers of the so-called Zone, Petryna illustrates how the event and its aftermath have not only shaped the course of an independent nation but have made health a negotiated realm of entitlement. She tracks the emergence of a "biological citizenship" in which assaults on health become the coinage through which sufferers stake claims for biomedical resources, social equity, and human rights. Life Exposed provides an anthropological framework for understanding the politics of emergent democracies, the nature of citizenship claims, and everyday forms of survival as they are interwoven with the profound changes that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union.