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Midnight in Chernobyl

Lu par : Jacques Roy
Durée : 13 h et 55 min
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The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research.

April 25, 1986 in Chernobyl was a turning point in world history. The disaster not only changed the world’s perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet’s delicate ecology. With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer.

Chernobyl was also a key event in the destruction of the Soviet Union, and, with it, the United States’ victory in the Cold War. For Moscow, it was a political and financial catastrophe as much as an environmental and scientific one. With a total cost of 18 billion rubles - at the time equivalent to $18 billion - Chernobyl bankrupted an already teetering economy and revealed to its population a state built upon a pillar of lies.

The full story of the events that started that night in the control room of reactor number four of the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant has never been told - until now. Through two decades of reporting, new archival information, and firsthand interviews with witnesses, journalist Adam Higginbotham tells the full dramatic story, including Alexander Akimov and Anatoli Dyatlov, who represented the best and worst of Soviet life; denizens of a vanished world of secret policemen, internal passports, food lines, and heroic self-sacrifice for the motherland. 

Midnight in Chernobyl, award-worthy nonfiction that reads like sci-fi, shows not only the final epic struggle of a dying empire, but also the story of individual heroism and desperate, ingenious technical improvisation joining forces against a new kind of enemy. 

©2019 Adam Higginbotham (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • S. Johnson
  • 22/02/2019

A sad tale, well told.

A great story, terrible, but great. In-depth and riveting, I had a hard time walking away from it. An important lesson about the importance of transparency and motivation.

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  • Stuart Woodward
  • 21/02/2019

A detailed account of the Chernobyl accident

A detailed account of the Chernobyl accident and the aftermath.

I found the story of the individual members a little confusing because of the large number of Russian names. I think this may be easier to follow with text. The story was compelling and I learnt a lot of new details about the accident which I thought I was familiar with before.

The most interesting revelations for me were the details of the design of the reactor and how unstable it was under certain circumstances. I had assumed operator error but there were scenarios where the reaction could become unstable under fairly normal operation. Even the operators knew it was treacherous compared to other reactors that they had worked on.

Coverups, corruption, bad design, bad workmanship all played a part. Over all it is a good read for both pro and antinuclear readers as the dangers are well explained.

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  • Kathleen Freeland
  • 18/02/2019

So the truth is revealed

This book is very interesting especially for bringing to light concealed facts and the progress up to date.
Narrator has the perfect voice for this history lesson
The book is well written
I shall find more books by both author and narrator

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  • 23/03/2019

Frightening

One of the most frightening books I've ever read. The arrogance and stupidity that lead to so many deaths is almost as scary as the accident itself.

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  • Christopher
  • 22/03/2019

This is a profoundly scary book

The story of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in 1986 is one that rhymes with other chronicles of human disaster, such as the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters. In each of these stories, a constellation of institutional inadequacy, human error, heroism and the distortions of after-action investigations to serve institutional needs become the bones that are dressed out by accounts of terrible events that leave a thoughtful reader haunted by questions of how we allowed things to get to the point where people died.
Midnight in Chernobyl is a deft and powerful example of this genre of investigative writing. The book weaves the personal stories of those who lived through the horror of the accident with the story of how political considerations contributed to the conditions that led to it. The author also makes sure to highlight the heroism of relatively unknown men and women who sought to mitigate the disaster, to save lives, often at the cost of their own. The ticktock of what happened gives way at times to utterly haunting descriptions of the extreme phenomena that occurred at the epicenter of a nuclear catastrophe.
Midnight in Chernobyl leaves the reader with many questions about how we manage societies, large scientific projects and how we live in the world that are as apposite now as they were in 1986.

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  • N. H.
  • 21/03/2019

Midnight in Chernobyl is the book to listen to.

I have been interested in the Chernobyl incident since it first occurred. My interest came from living less than 15 miles SW of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant at the time of that accident. Chernobyl was so much more than what was reported at the time because of the USSR secrecy. I have attempted to read or listen to one or two other books on Chernobyl. Higginbotham's is the one I finished and finished in a few days. The information is presented chronologically. People are identified with their name and their position in relation to the disaster. The book gives a short history of the USSR Nuclear history, including the other accidents that were never disclosed to the USSR populace. It also traces what happened to the people involved in Chernobyl in the months and years after. The author spoke to several survivors or family members as recently as a few years ago. Jacques Roy does a fantastic job narrating the book. He handles the Russian vocabulary with ease. This book is informative. It is by turns angering and heartbreaking. Midnight in Chernobyl is the book to read or listen to about the Chernobyl disaster.

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  • Joseph
  • 20/03/2019

Excellent display of a bureaucracy in action

Very interesting and detailed look at the accident and bureaucracy’s protection of itself and exploitation of individuals for “socialism’s greater good”. Obvious Herculean effort by author to infuse book with numerous ultra-low-level people such as “Moose”, the true heroes of Russia that stopped this potential runaway disaster. The book’s narrative provides yet another example for the nuclear power, weapons, and cyber industries (countless other industries are susceptible, too) on the human ability to defy probabilities, rules, policies, and common sense and consequently stumble into allegedly impossible-to-occur disasters.

A thoroughly enjoyable read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/03/2019

Complete story, annoying reader

While I enjoyed this for the most part, I was increasingly bothered by the narration. The reader over-articulated consonants over word boundaries, to the point that ordinarily two-syllable expressions became three or four. Such as “linked to” became “linkata to,” or “remembered to” becomes “remembereda to.” Big deal, you think. Well it shouldn’t be but by the time I was halfway through the book it was driving me nuts and I can’t understand why the project manager didn’t tell the reader to knock it off and talk like a normal person.

It’s a shame because otherwise I’d highly recommend this book. It seems a thorough study of the people and events that led up to this horrible disaster and what happened afterward.

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  • paul Favazza
  • 17/03/2019

eye opening

well written and researched book about the tragedy and the events that led to it. From massive corruption, hubris, and a government's need to outdo the west it was a fantastic look into the lives of those involved and how it changed the world

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  • Tim S.
  • 15/03/2019

Fantastic book!

This Book is well written, read, and frankly, riveting. Officially the best true story book I've ever read