Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe, Serhii Plokhy
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Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

Author: Serhii Plokhy

Narrator: Ralph Lister

Unabridged: 14 hr 52 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Published: 05/15/2018

Genre: History - Europe - Russia & The Former Soviet Union

Includes: Bonus Material

Synopsis

From a preeminent historian of Eastern Europe, the definitive history of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime's control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world. A moving and definitive account, Chernobyl is also an urgent call to action.

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