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Chernobyl 01: 23:40: The incredible true story of the world's worst nuclear disaster

Chernobyl 01: 23:40: The incredible true story of the world's worst nuclear disaster


Book Overview: Chernobyl 01: 23:40: The incredible true story of the world's worst nuclear disaster

At 01:23:40 on April 26th 1986, Alexander Akimov pressed the emergency shutdown button at Chernobyl's fourth nuclear reactor. It was an act that forced the permanent evacuation of a city, killed thousands and crippled the Soviet Union. The event spawned decades of conflicting, exaggerated and inaccurate stories.

This book, the result of five years of research, presents an accessible but comprehensive account of what really happened. From the desperate fight to prevent a burning reactor core from irradiating eastern Europe, to the self-sacrifice of the heroic men who entered fields of radiation so strong that machines wouldn't work, to the surprising truth about the legendary 'Chernobyl divers', all the way through to the USSR's final show-trial. The historical narrative is interwoven with a story of the author's own spontaneous journey to Ukraine's still-abandoned city of Pripyat and the wider Chernobyl Zone.

Complete with over 45 pages of photographs of modern-day Pripyat and technical diagrams of the power station, Chernobyl 01:23:40 is a fascinating new account of the world's worst nuclear disaster.

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PublisherAndrew Leatherbarrow
Publication Date2016-04-26
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Weight lbs
Andrew Leatherbarrow, a multifaceted author, is known for his passion for history, science, and technological advancements. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Leatherbarrow combines his love for research and writing to craft engaging narratives that enlighten readers on complex subjects. He turned his passion into a profession by publishing works that unravel intricate historical events and phenomena, making them accessible and engaging for all readers. Leatherbarrow is most known for his book "1:23:40: The Incredible True Story of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster," wherein he conducted exhaustive research, using a combination of first-hand testimonies, historical records, and his own personal investigation to paint a vivid picture of the catastrophe. His meticulous writing has won applause for effectively combining scientific facts and human stories, making complex topics readily accessible. Beyond his writing, Leatherbarrow continues his pursuit of understanding the world's most significant technological and historical events. His commitment to factual detail and contextual richness, paired with an intuitive understanding of reader engagement, has cemented Leatherbarrow's position as a noteworthy contributor in the world of non-fiction literature. His work continues to inspire and educate readers, eliciting their curiosity about the world around them.

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