(Midnight in ChernoBYl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster) PDF DOWNLOAD º Adam Higginbotham
Summary Ä eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Adam HigginbothamNancy of the conseuences affecting individuals Lastly and in contrast to Mr Plokhy Midnight seems to me to remain at all times
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from page 347 the origins of the chernobylpage 347 the origins of the Chernobyl lay in a combination of scientific technological socioeconomic and human factors The Rhetoric of Reaction uniue to the USSR The Soviet nuclear industry lacking even rudimentary safety practices had reliedpon its operators
To Behave With Roboticbehave with robotic night after night despite constant pressure to beat deadlines and exceed the plan that made disregard for the letter of the regulations almost inevitable Case restsThe gripe Yes Mr Higginbotham s technical account of how fission reactors operate pp35 38 doesn t maintain a continuous logical thread Reading and re reading didn t clarify for me the inherent design flaw of the Soviet RBMK reactor One sentence on p38 threw me and left me guessing In reactors that The Ghost Light Kids Get Hooked use water as both coolant and moderator as the volume of steam increases fewer neutrons are slowed so reactivity falls This seems counterintuitive surely if fewer neutrons are slowed reactivity would tend not to fall Explanation came from a high school physics text that I paraphrase and summarise thus Naturalranium comes in two isotopes Uranium238 993% and Uranium235 07% Fission is caused by neutrons striking Grey (Fifty Shades, uranium atoms Fast neutrons are caused by fission of U235 atoms Fast neutrons striking U238 do not cause fission Fast neutrons striking U235 cause negligible fission Slow neutrons are only slightly absorbed by U238 and cause negligible fission Slow neutrons striking U235 cause fission For U235 fission to happen such that a self sustaining chain reaction may occur there needs to be sufficient mass of U235 at least 2 3% enriched in the total U238 U235 mass ofranium Then a good neutron moderator water or graphite is needed to slow down enough fast neutrons to sustain a chain reaction in U235 If the moderator is water most Western reactors and if the water boils and This is a great read Not only does it describe the event and the aftermath in great detail but also gives personal accounts and histories of the people involved Even the explanations of the particular workings of the Soviet political system were thoroughly fascinating Wonderful wonderful book One of my favourites Well written account of a terrible event Really enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down Recommend both as a historical account but also a tale of how many s The author provides a succinct yet formative background of the social political economical and ideological states in the USSR that led to this tragedy The research and the details are impeccable The glimpses into the lives of the people involved as well as their actions is coupled with layman exp. S this book makes for a masterful non fiction thrillerChernobyl 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 not only its own citizens but all of humanity It is a story that has long remained in dispute clouded from the beginning in secrecy propaganda and misinformation Midnight In Chernobyl is an indelible portrait of history's worst nuclear disaster of. ,
I can remember the disaster Triumph (TriAlpha Chronicles, unfolding whilst at school and seemingly thinking at the time why we were only just hearing about it 3 days after it happened The book answers this and many other subseuentestions and I cannot possibly imagine the amount of time and effort that went into the research for this book let alone the terrible conseuences to those who so bravely and blindingly fought to contain the disaster whilst the politics tried to cover it We Love You, Charlie Freeman up Fascinating frightening and wonderful in eual measure Insofar as the facts surrounding the catastrophe are known for as the author says even today not all are Adam Higginbotham has made immense efforts to assemble them into a highly readable account What struck me even was the degree to which the then Soviet bureaucracy and government coveredp the accident failed to accept responsibility for fundamental design failings ignored warnings from respected scientists and operators over a long period apportioned blame conveniently disregarded the safety of its own citizens and of the world in generaland a host of other things Contrary to what Dr Barry Clayton says in his review here I can assure you that the book is NOT full of nnecessary detail it is the small details and the human factors that make it readable Were they not there the book would be a very dry account Don t be put off by the rather melodramatic title it is a thoroughly recommended read This a wonderful book It covers the causes and effects of the Chernobyl *catastrophe and the event seuence of its occurrence better than any popular work has yet done I do have * and the event seuence of its occurrence better than any popular work has yet done I do have gripe about the technical presentation below but the book overall is so outstanding that I m giving the five stars anyway and never mind the logical inconsistencyThe main aspects of the story of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion and meltdown are the history of the USSR nuclear industry the society and environment within which the civilian electricity generation arm of the industry operated the technical aspects of the disaster itself the enormous recovery effort the medical health and environmental effects and the long term conseuences and aftermath No author can be specialist at them all but Mr Higginbotham nevertheless handles than all with eual facility thoroughness and clarity It s a tour de forceOne of my other reviews is of Chernobyl History of a Tragedy by the Ukrainian writer Serhii Plokhy It s good but is simply outshone by Midnight Mr Higginbotham s work is superior in its technical exposition of the disaster in its se of numbers and radiation metrics in its description of the immediate Soviet response on the construction of the sarcophagus on what happened inside the entombed reactor in subseuent years and critically in its assessment and identification of the It Looks Like This underlying causes In annsentimental way Midnight also expresses compassion for the victims as well as the poig. THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Superb enthralling and necessarily terrifyingevery step feels spring loaded with tension extraordinary' The New York TimesThe story of Chernobyl iscomplexhuman andterrifying than the Soviet myth Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the 1986 disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it first hand Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course ofthan ten years as well as letters npublished memoirs and documents from recently declassified archive. Lanations of nuclear power and the events that led to the explosion Fascinating highly recommend it This is possibly the scariest book I have ever read and makes any zombie horror film pale into insignificanceA series of avoidable problems at least they would have been if not for the curious mirror world of Soviet politics meant that a hastily designed badly built and poorly maintained nuclear reactor or to you and me a horrific world threatening disaster waiting to happen had it s predictable explosive melt downBecause the Soviet system could not admit that their technology was not the world leading miracle that their government proclaimed they couldn t tell anyone that a huge and deadly poisonous cloud of god knows what was heading out of Chernobyl and about to cross into EuropeAnd so for several weeks whilst they fumbled about trying to fix it which mostly meant sending ntrained and Plants Used by the Indians of Mendocino County, California (1902) unprotected men to try and cover the deadly nuclear core with a variety of things some of which only made it worse the world wasnaware of the imminent radioactive menace bearing down on themRead this and be VERY VERY afraidSome of my family with young children at that moment in time were living in one of the places in the UK most affected by the radio active fallout It is curious and Love Show unproven but three out of four of them including my young niece all endedp with cancer of some form I have read a lot of books and technical reports on this appalling disasterThis books adds little that is newIt contains a number of technical inaccuracies which make me wonder if the author actually nderstood what happened that dayThe truth ab Unbelievably detailed account of the biggest atomic
Accident In Human Historyin human history blend of a painstakingly research and first person testimonials made this book one of the best nonfiction book I have ever read Wow what a ride A most down to earth summary of what had the potential to cause so much damageWe really are lucky that brave men and women essentially sacrificed themselves for our future Brilliant This is one of the most compelling books I ve read It is thought provoking and illuminating on many aspects not just of the nuclear power industry but also the machinations of the corrupt former USSR It s a great read And the recent Chernobyl tv streaming series while great didn t do the material justice The book is much much better Well researched and very detailed this book describes the events that led to and followed from the explosion in reactor number 4 at Chernobyl Some details beggars belief for example the other three reactors continued to produce power for the Ukraine for many many years after the explosion despite being at radioactive Ground Zero My only criticism is that it *Is A Little Too Detailed At Times *a little too detailed at times is difficult to follow the many individuals involved and the myriad USSR departments but better to have too much detail than not enoug. 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 necessaryNow Higginbotham brings s closer to the truth behind this colossal tragedy'Tells the story of the disaster and its gruesome aftermath with thriller like flairwonderful and chilling written with skill and passion' The Observer 'An invaluable contribution to history' Serhii Plokhy Evening StandardLONGLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE ONDAATJE PRIZE 202.