ADAM HIGGINBOTHAM-Midnight in Chernobyl

 

 

Wednesday, February 20 at 7pm

Author
ADAM HIGGINBOTHAM
speaking & signing
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster


ABOUT MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL

Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl 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 its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute.

Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.

Midnight in Chernobyl is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of 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 not just vital but necessary.


ABOUT ADAM HIGGINBOTHAM

Adam Higginbotham writes for The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineWiredGQ, and Smithsonian. He lives in New York City.


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$29.95
ISBN: 9781501134616
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 12th, 2019

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