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Round of the social political economical and ideological states in the USSR that led to this tragedy The research and the details are impeccable The glimpses into the lives of the people involved as well as their actions is coupled with layman explanations of nuclear power and the events that led to the explosion Fascinating highly recommend it This is possibly the scariest book I have ever read and makes any zombie horror film pale into insignificanceA series of avoidable problems at least they would have Been If Not For if not for curious mirror world of Soviet politics meant that a hastily designed badly built and poorly maintained nuclear reactor or to you and me a horrific world threatening disaster waiting to happen had it s predictable explosive melt downBecause the Soviet system could not admit that their technology was not the world leading miracle that their government proclaimed they couldn t tell anyone that a huge and deadly poisonous cloud of god knows what was heading out of Chernobyl and about to cross into EuropeAnd so for several weeks whilst they fumbled about trying to fix it which mostly meant sending untrained and unprotected men to try and cover the deadly nuclear core with a variety of things some of which only made it worse the world was unaware of the imminent radioactive menace bearing down on themRead this and be VERY VERY afraidSome of my family with young children at that moment in time were living in one of the places in the UK most affected by the radio active fallout It is curious and unproven but three out of four of them including my young niece all ended up with cancer of some form I have read a lot of books and technical reports on this appalling disasterThis books adds little that is newit contains a number of technical inaccuracies newIt contains a number of technical inaccuracies make me wonder if the author actually understood what happened that dayThe truth about Chernobyl by Grigory Medvedev and Atomic accidents by James Mahaffey are both accuratethe first giving a full account and the second a brief overview Unbelievably detailed account of the biggest atomic accident in human history The blend of a painstakingly research and first person testimonials made this book one of the best nonfiction book I have ever read Wow what a ride A most down to earth summary of what had the potential to cause so much damageWe really are lucky that brave men and women essentially sacrificed themselves for our future Brilliant This is one of the most compelling books I ve read It is thought provoking and illuminating on many aspects not ust of the nuclear power industry but also the machinations of the corrupt former USSR It s a great read And the recent Chernobyl tv streaming series while great didn t do the material The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis justice The book is much much better Well researched and very detailed this book describes the events that led to and followed from the explosion in reactor number 4 at Chernobyl Some details beggars belief for example the other three reactors continued to produce power for the Ukraine for many many years after the explosion despite being at radioactive Ground Zero My only criticism is that it is a little too detailed at times it is difficult to follow the many individuals involved and the myriad USSR departments but better to have too much detail than not enough. 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 notust vital but necessaryNow Higginbotham brings us closer to the truth behind this colossal tragedy'Tells the story of the disaster and its gruesome aftermath with thriller like flairwonderful and chilling written with skill and passion' The Observer 'An invaluable contribution to history' Serhii Plokhy Evening StandardLONGLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE ONDAATJE PRIZE 202. ,

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at school seemingly thinking at the time why we were only ust hearing about it 3 days after it happened The book answers this and many other subseuent uestions and I cannot possibly imagine the amount of time and effort that went into the research for this book let alone the terrible conseuences to those who so bravely and blindingly fought to contain the disaster whilst the politics tried to cover it up Fascinating frightening and wonderful in eual measure Insofar as the facts surrounding the catastrophe are known for as the up Fascinating frightening and wonderful in eual measure Insofar as the facts surrounding the catastrophe are known for as the says even today not all are Adam Higginbotham has made immense efforts to assemble them into a highly readable account What struck me even was the degree to which the then Soviet bureaucracy and government covered up the accident failed to accept responsibility for fundamental design failings ignored warnings from respected scientists and operators over a long period apportioned blame conveniently disregarded the safety of its own citizens and of the world in generaland a host of other things Contrary to what Dr Barry Clayton says in his review here I can assure you that the book is NOT full of unnecessary detail it is the small details and the human factors that make it readable Were they not there the book would be a very dry account Don t be put off by the rather melodramatic title it is a thoroughly recommended read This is a wonderful book It covers the causes and effects of the Chernobyl catastrophe and the event seuence of its occurrence better than any popular work has yet done I do have one gripe about the technical presentation below but the book overall is so outstanding that I m giving the five stars anyway and never mind the logical inconsistencyThe main aspects of the story of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion and meltdown are the history of the USSR nuclear industry the society and environment within which the civilian electricity generation arm of the industry operated the technical aspects of the disaster itself the enormous Soviet recovery effort the medical health and environmental effects and the long term conseuences and aftermath No author can be a specialist at them all but Mr Higginbotham nevertheless handles than all with eual facility thoroughness and clarity It s a tour de forceOne of my other reviews is of Chernobyl History of a Tragedy by the Ukrainian writer Serhii Plokhy It s good but is simply outshone by Midnight Mr Higginbotham s work is superior in its technical exposition of the disaster in its use of numbers and radiation metrics in its description of the immediate Soviet response on the construction of the sarcophagus on what happened inside the entombed reactor in subseuent years and critically in its assessment and identification of the underlying causes In an unsentimental way Midnight also expresses compassion for the victims as well as the poignancy of the conseuences affecting individuals Lastly and in contrast to Mr Plokhy Midnight seems to me to remain at all times politically disinterested and impartialFor identification of underlying cause as opposed to the immediate technical triggers of the accident I can do no better than uote from page 347 the origins of the Chernobyl disaster lay in a combination of scientific technological soc. THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Superb enthralling and necessarily terrifyingevery step feels spring loaded with tension extraordinary' The New York TimesThe story of Chernobyl iscomplexhuman andterrifying than the Soviet myth Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the 1986 disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it first hand Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course ofthan ten years as well as letters unpublished memoirs and documents from recently declassified archive. ,

Ioeconomic and human factors uniue to the USSR The Soviet nuclear industry lacking even rudimentary safety practices had relied upon its operators to behave with robotic precision night after night despite constant pressure to beat deadlines and exceed the plan that made disregard for the letter of the regulations almost inevitable Case restsThe gripe Yes Mr Higginbotham s technical account of how fission reactors operate pp35 38 doesn t maintain a continuous logical thread Reading and re reading didn t clarify for me the inherent design flaw of the Soviet RBMK reactor One sentence on p38 re reading didn t clarify for me the
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design flaw the Soviet RBMK reactor One sentence on p38 me and left me guessing In reactors that use water as both coolant and moderator as the volume of steam increases fewer neutrons both coolant and moderator as the volume of steam increases fewer neutrons slowed so reactivity falls This seems counterintuitive surely if fewer neutrons are slowed reactivity would tend not to fall Explanation came from a high school physics text that I paraphrase and summarise thus Natural uranium comes in two isotopes Uranium238 993% and Uranium235 07% Fission is caused by neutrons striking uranium atoms Fast neutrons are caused by fission of U235 atoms Fast neutrons striking U238 do not cause fission Fast neutrons striking U235 cause negligible fission Slow neutrons are only slightly absorbed by U238 and cause negligible fission Slow neutrons striking U235 cause fission For U235 fission to happen such that a self sustaining chain reaction may occur there needs to be sufficient mass of U235 at least 2 3% enriched in the total U238 U235 mass of uranium Then a good neutron moderator water or graphite is needed to slow down enough fast neutrons to sustain a chain reaction in U235 If the moderator is water most Western reactors and if the water boils and turns to steam steam is far less effective as moderator than water fewer neutrons are slowed and the continuing U235 reaction stops spontaneously If the moderator is graphite Chernobyl RBMK and if surrounding coolant water boils and turns to steam neutron moderation by the graphite is unchanged the chain reaction continues but the neutron absorbtion function of the coolant water reduces Moderation by the graphite as a conseuence increases reactivity increases heat increases coolant water turns to steam and the escalation expressed as the positive void continues The unchecked result is fire in the graphite To control and reduce moderation by the graphite the control rods must be inserted in the graphite core and they must workA layman s seuencing perhaps which I am sure experts will fault But it is logically oined up and is superior to the explanations given by either Messrs Higginbotham or PlokhyGripe allowed for Midnight in Chernobyl is a fabulous book that I recommend unreservedly This is a great read Not only does it describe the event and the aftermath in great detail but also gives personal accounts and histories of the people involved Even the explanations of the particular workings of the Soviet political system were thoroughly fascinating Wonderful wonderful book One of my favourites Well written account of a terrible event Really enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down Recommend both as a historical account but also a tale of how many small errors can come together to create a disaster The author provides a succinct yet formative backg. S this book makes for a masterful non fiction thrillerChernobyl 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 It is a story that has long remained in dispute clouded from the beginning in secrecy propaganda and misinformation Midnight In Chernobyl is an indelible portrait of history's worst nuclear disaster of.
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