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Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear CatastropheChernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe by Serhii Plokhy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very deeply researched and well-written book regarding the events leading up to and as a result of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant near meltdown. I, of course, remember the event on the news back in ’86, but my real interest in pursuing the history behind this event occurred shortly after buying a new video game for my PC back in 2006 or so.

That game was S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Shadow of Chernobyl. It was an FPS (first-person shooter) strategy and survival game which took place within the Exclusion Zone around the failed power plant. It was a unique mixture of truth and fantasy. Thanks to this game, I was inspired to study Chernobyl and have been quite amazed and astounded by what I learned regarding this event.

If you have an interest in this event, or nuclear accidents of any sort, I definitely recommend you read this newest of many books on Chernobyl. It’s also probably the best researched of all of them. Written by an historian, it approaches the subject from the scientific, political, historical, and human viewpoints. Well worth a read.

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About V. T. Eric Layton

vtel57, Nocturnal Slacker

One response »

  1. I’m watching the mini series on Hulu!

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