Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, European History, Russian History
Paperback Published on: 31/01/2019
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Highly informative and well researched this book will blow your mind!
This is a history of human stupidity, ignorance, negligence, secrecy and lies that cost lives. This is how Soviet propaganda looked like. In this case, cho... READ MORE
Important and electrifying.
This is a great book. Not only does it bring to life, in great detail, the events of the tragic day when the Chernobyl reactor exploded. It also puts into ... READ MORE
Sean Farrell


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
  • ISBN: 9780141988351
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 315g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm

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Detailed but not dry
I was interested in the event and didn’t know a great deal about it but after reading this very well researched book, I came away thinking about the parall... READ MORE
Christopher Harris
Fascinating account.
The book does a very good job of summarising the known events, collected evidence. Goes into a good amount of detail about what was happening to the reacto... READ MORE
Maria Bridge
Lessons from the past for the future
When Chernobyl exploded, I was very relieved to be back home in New Zealand, and far away from Europe, where I had been living up until only two months pre... READ MORE
Rosemary Standeven
Great insight into how the former Soviet Union and the Communist systems controlled the way that decisions were made making sure that individuals covered t... READ MORE
A Triumph About Tragedy
After wins at a virtual Bafta ceremony, the Sky/HBO co-produced Chernobyl made history by becoming the most-awarded TV show (in a single year) ever – with ... READ MORE
Lee Ruddin
A full and detailed account of the disaster and it’s aftermath
I enjoyed the book and was fascinated at all the information it contained. My only (very slight) comment is that it was very technical and sometimes was a ... READ MORE
Lisa Robertson
This is a graphic historical account of a serious and potentially catastrophic event which occurred in 1986 in the Ukraine region of the former USSR. It is... READ MORE
Elaine Grae
Fascinating history!
I found this book absolutely gripping to read, after watching the series on sky I wanted to find out more and what a great book to start with. I will say I... READ MORE