Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Author:   Adam Higginbotham
Publisher:   Transworld Publishers Ltd
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9780593076842


Pages:   560
Publication Date:   14 February 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Adam Higginbotham
Publisher:   Transworld Publishers Ltd
Imprint:   Bantam Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 3.40cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.650kg
ISBN:  

9780593076842


ISBN 10:   0593076842
Pages:   560
Publication Date:   14 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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A definitive book. Adam Higginbotham has written a wonderful and chilling account of how the Chernobyl disaster happened, featuring protagonists and victims, party bosses and hapless engineers, confusion and cover up. The story of how the reactor exploded and its grisly aftermath are told with thriller-like flair. Higginbotham captures the scientific and the human, in a tale of hubris and doomed ambition. * Luke Harding, New York Times bestselling author of Collusion and The Snowden Files * A masterpiece of reporting and storytelling that puts us on the ground for one of the most important events of the twentieth century. Adam Higginbotham opens a world nearly impossible to penetrate, then finds truths inside we weren't supposed to discover. As readers, we could not hope for a more thrilling and visceral adventure. As citizens of the world, we ignore Midnight in Chernobyl at our peril. * Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers and Rocket Men * Adam Higginbotham's Midnight at Chernobyl is a superb account of the catastrophic accident that occurred in the No 4 reactor of the Cherobyl nuclear power station in 1986. Higginbotham's research is thorough and enlightening; much has emerged about what really happened following the fall of the Soviet Union. An experienced journalist, he makes the complex historical, political, technical and human aspects of this dramatic story intelligible. His book a pleasure to read. * Piers Paul Read, award-winning author of Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors * Midnight in Chernobyl is the most thorough and scrupulously reported book to appear on the greatest nuclear disaster of the 20th century. Attentive and humane, it is also a gripping read on the tragic intersection of nuclear and Soviet power. * Keith Gessen, author of A Terrible Country and translator of Voices from Chernobyl *


Adam Higginbotham's Midnight at Chernobyl is a superb account of the catastrophic accident that occurred in the No 4 reactor of the Cherobyl nuclear power station in 1986. Higginbotham's research is thorough and enlightening; much has emerged about what really happened following the fall of the Soviet Union. An experienced journalist, he makes the complex historical, political, technical and human aspects of this dramatic story intelligible. His book a pleasure to read. * Piers Paul Read *


Superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying . . . the accident unfurls with a horrible inevitability. Weaving together the experiences of those who were there that night, Higginbotham marshals the details so meticulously that every step feels spring-loaded with tension. . . . Amid so much rich reporting and scrupulous analysis, some major themes emerge. . . . Higginbotham's extraordinary book is another advance in the long struggle to fill in some of the gaps, bringing much of what was hidden into the light. * New York Times * Utterly gripping and superbly researched... Higginbotham shows brilliantly how the tragedy contributed to the collapse of the whole Soviet system that had created it. * BBC History Magazine * An account that reads almost like the script for a movie . . . Higginbotham has captured the terrible drama. * The Wall Street Journal * Secrecy, stupidity and farce: the full story of what caused Chernobyl. Surely definitive. -- Lewis Jones * Sunday Telegraph * A nuclear thriller. Higginbotham has done some remarkable research... impressive. -- Julie McDowall * The Times *


A masterpiece of reporting and storytelling that puts us on the ground for one of the most important events of the twentieth century. Adam Higginbotham opens a world nearly impossible to penetrate, then finds truths inside we weren't supposed to discover. As readers, we could not hope for a more thrilling and visceral adventure. As citizens of the world, we ignore Midnight in Chernobyl at our peril. * Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers and Rocket Men * Adam Higginbotham's Midnight at Chernobyl is a superb account of the catastrophic accident that occurred in the No 4 reactor of the Cherobyl nuclear power station in 1986. Higginbotham's research is thorough and enlightening; much has emerged about what really happened following the fall of the Soviet Union. An experienced journalist, he makes the complex historical, political, technical and human aspects of this dramatic story intelligible. His book a pleasure to read. * Piers Paul Read *


Superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying... every step feels spring-loaded with tension.... extraordinary. * New York Times * Midnight in Chernobyl is the most thorough and scrupulously reported book to appear on the greatest nuclear disaster of the 20th century. Attentive and humane, it is also a gripping read on the tragic intersection of nuclear and Soviet power. * Keith Gessen, author of A Terrible Country and translator of Voices from Chernobyl * A definitive book. Adam Higginbotham has written a wonderful and chilling account of how the Chernobyl disaster happened, featuring protagonists and victims, party bosses and hapless engineers, confusion and cover up. The story of how the reactor exploded and its grisly aftermath are told with thriller-like flair. Higginbotham captures the scientific and the human, in a tale of hubris and doomed ambition. * Luke Harding, New York Times bestselling author of Collusion and The Snowden Files * A masterpiece of reporting and storytelling that puts us on the ground for one of the most important events of the twentieth century. Adam Higginbotham opens a world nearly impossible to penetrate, then finds truths inside we weren't supposed to discover. As readers, we could not hope for a more thrilling and visceral adventure. As citizens of the world, we ignore Midnight in Chernobyl at our peril. * Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers and Rocket Men * Adam Higginbotham's brilliantly well-written Midnight In Chernobyl draws on new sources and original research to illuminate the true story of one of history's greatest technological failures - and, along with it, the bewildering reality of everyday life during the final years of the Soviet Union. * Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag: A History and Red Famine: Stalin's War On Ukraine *


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Adam Higginbotham writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, Businessweek, Smithsonian, Men's Journal, and The Atavist. He began his career in magazines and newspapers in London, where he was the editor--in-chief of The Face and a contributing editor at The Sunday Telegraph. The author of Midnight in Chernobyl, he lives in New York City.

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