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404 pages, Hardcover
First published May 15, 2018
“[…] It is still imperative that we draw the right lessons from the Chernobyl disaster. The most crucial lesson is the importance of counteracting the dangers posed by nuclear nationalism and isolationism and of ensuring close international cooperation between countries developing nuclear projects. This lesson is especially important today, when the forces of populism, nationalism, and anti-globalism are finding more adherents in a world that relies increasingly on nuclear technology for the production of energy.This definitely is not a light read. Dense, detailed and very comprehensive, it painstakingly recreates not just the accident itself but paints a vivid picture of *very Soviet* preceding events with the policies, mismanagement, defects in designs and construction and the fear of retributions that made the meltdown almost inevitable, as well as the wide range of consequences among which was the decline and the downfall of the Soviet Union.
The world has already been overwhelmed by one Chernobyl and one exclusion zone. It cannot afford any more. It must learn its lessons from what happened in and around Chernobyl on April 26, 1986.”