Thirty-two years ago, the world witnessed the worst nuclear tragedy to date, and there was nothing nobody could really do about it. The explosion of the nuclear reactor in the city of Chernobyl shocked the world back in April of 1986, and the effects are still present today.
In Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy, author Serhii Plokhy takes us on an emotional, yet incredibly enlighten trip down history to revive what it is, up until this day, the most horrible nuclear disaster that ever happened in the world. Surpassing bit a lot to Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs.
The book is a retelling of what exactly happened back in the 26 of April in 1986. It takes us right back to that moment and place in life to understand on a deeper level what exactly happened that made a massive nuclear reactor go off the way it did.
The book takes you back to Chernobyl right before the explosion happened and it makes you see it through the eyes of everyone that was there to experience one of the world’s biggest tragedy to date.
We get to know everything about the fireman, the village people, the industry workers that were at the nuclear plant, the scientist, the soldiers and the engineers that were there that tragic night. It is almost as if you were right there, with them, about to experience such a tragedy on your own.
The book itself has deep emotional weight. It is almost impossible not to notice. It makes perfect sense, especially when you realise the events described in the novel are true, they actually happened, and what was once a beautiful city full of families and people living their own life, is now a ghost town where even dogs are radioactive.
Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy is a hard pill to swallow, but such a necessary and informative reading, that it is worth it. Deep and emotional at times, and incredibly raw at others, this book will mess with your emotions while giving you valuable information about the nuclear disaster.
Not only that, but you get to understand what did it take to turn a living, breathing city into a total ghost town in a matter of months, and why even up until this day, you can’t visit Chernobyl like you would do with Japan, because there are still extremely high levels of radioactive presence in the whole area.
If something is for sure, is that reading about such topics isn’t an easy task, but it is necessary. Plus, author Serhii Plokhy manages to turn such a dark history and make it even more interesting than it already is, not to mention, it provides you with incredibly valuable information. Altogether an excellent book throughout.
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