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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster


Book Overview: Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

From journalist Adam Higginbotham, the New York Times bestselling "account that reads almost like the script for a movie" (The Wall Street Journal)--a powerful investigation into Chernobyl and how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the history's worst nuclear disasters.

Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering one of the twentieth century's greatest disasters. 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Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a "riveting, deeply reported reconstruction" ( Los Angeles Times) and a definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.

"The most complete and compelling history yet" ( The Christian Science Monitor), Higginbotham's "superb, enthralling, and necessarily terrifying...extraordinary" ( The New York Times) book is an indelible portrait of 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.

A New York Times Best Book of the Year
A Time Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Winner

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PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication Date2020-02-04
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Adam Higginbotham is a distinguished English born, New York-based author, best known for his critically acclaimed works in non-fiction. Higginbotham’s career began in the late 1980s, writing script for various British newspapers, then later expanding his reach to magazines. His wit and skillful way with words set his foundation as a promising author, engaging readers with his captivating narratives and thorough research on all subjects he chooses to tackle, proving his versatility. His debut, "Midnight In Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster", elevated his status in the literary world to substantial heights. Higginbotham's meticulous commitment to accuracy, evident through his extensive interviews and personal accounts from those involved, paints a vivid and comprehensive picture of the Chernobyl disaster. Published in 2019, the book was deemed a bestseller by the New York Times and later won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction in 2020. Living in New York, Higginbotham continues his exploration of influential historical events through his writing. His work has graced the pages of renowned publications like The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and others. Despite his successful pursuit in non-fiction reporting, he remains committed to his storytelling roots, presenting each account with an evocative narrative that leaves his readers enthralled and informed.

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