Best Chernobyl books which you must read
Chernobyl has seen many documentaries and movies made on the incident, the reasons behind the incident and the aftermath of it. People, directors, producers, writers, everyone has given their perspective on Chernobyl and there are several theories on it. Similar to the movies, there are many books written on the city of Chernobyl and the silence it is under now. The beauty that the Pripyat once possessed and the ghost town that it has become now.
Here is the review of the top four books written on Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster, Pripyat, its people and the whole episode of it.
Voices of Chernobyl
Voices of Chernobyl, Oral History of the Nuclear Disaster – one of the bestselling books on Chernobyl, the Voice of Chernobyl orchestrates the entire disaster from the eyes of its writer Nobel Prize Award winner Svetlana Alexievich. Svetlana was living in the capital of Belarus in 1986 when the explosion took place at the reactor no.4 of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Being affected herself, Svetlana spent ten years interviewing local Belarusians, eyewitnesses, liquidators, politicians, statesmen, bureaucrats and others to record their account of the story. First published in 1997 in Russian, the book was later translated into English. The book had two different titles for UK and USA. In the UK it was launched with the title, Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future and in the USA, it was the Voices of Chernobyl.
Visit Sunny Chernobyl
Visit Sunny Chernobyl – judging by the name, the purpose of the book is to encourage people to visit disaster-hit places such as Chernobyl. Written by Andre Blackwell who himself went on a tour of the dreaded city of Chernobyl and also visited the once vibrant town of Pripyat. He personally explains what he saw and how the experience was. It is an essential and amazing guide for anyone interested in visiting Chernobyl and knowing its historical significance. The book is a memoir of the Andrew who understood the hazards of touring a nuclear disaster hit city yet decided to give his perspective on the place.
Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl
Written by the famous journalist Mary Mycio, the book is a personal account of Mary’s visit to the Chernobyl area. Twenty years after the disaster struck, Mary chose to visit Chernobyl in 2006 with a Geiger counter and essential radiation protective gear. The Wormwood Forest, now known as the Red Forest because the explosion and radiation waves that tormented the once green and beautiful forest. The trees which were once green later turned into red and died. She informs through her book about the places she visited, the people she met and the stories she was told.
Chernobyl’s Wild Kingdom: Life in the Dead Zone
The book focuses on the wildlife and plants in the region of Chernobyl. Written by Rebecca L. Johnson, the book explains the mystery behind the survival of animals and plants in a place while humans are not able to. The growth of trees and animals is leaving everyone including health experts and scientist with questions to answer as to why one living thing is not able to live in the disaster hit area and two others can.
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Pripyat Ghost TownPripyat ghost town is 1 of 7 scariest places around the world
Radar system Duga-1Radar Duga-1 was secret radiolocation station in USSR
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