The definitive, harrowing story of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the truth of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters.
Adam Higginbotham writes for The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ and Smithsonian. In this book he has drawn upon hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently declassified archives. He tells us a recount of the disaster through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The results is a chronicle of astonishing heroics and maddening incompetence, a study of the promise of science and also its potential to lure us into hubris and danger, and the definitive account of an event that changed history; a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.