Midnight in Chernobyl: the untold story of the world's greatest nuclear disaster


Midnight in Chernobyl (2019)

538 pages

English language

Published April 5, 2019

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5 star (1 review)

"Journalist Adam Higginbotham's definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster--and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century's greatest disasters. 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 …

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Excellent look into the Chernobyl disaster

5 star

Really good and detailed look into the creation of Chernobyl and Pripyat, the Chernobyl disaster itself, and the aftermath, but also has really good insights into the sociopolitical climate of the Soviet Union at the time. Definite recommend, especially if you're interested in nuclear power, but also if you're interested in the politics of the Soviet Union near its collapse.


  • Chernobyl Nuclear Accident (Chornobyl£, Ukraine : 1986) fast (OCoLC)fst00853649
  • HISTORY / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
  • Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobyl£, Ukraine, 1986
  • HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
  • Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobyl', Ukraine, 1986
  • Accidents
  • SCIENCE / Physics / Nuclear
  • Nuclear power plants


  • Ukraine
  • Chornobyl£