Midnight In Chernobyl: The Untold Story Of The World’s Greatest Nuclear

More gut-wrenching than any horror movie, more thrilling than any thriller novel.

Book Name: Midnight in Chernobyl

Author: Adam Higginbotham


In the early hours of April 26, 1986, reactor four at the Chernobyl Atomic Power Plant exploded, triggering one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.

In the three decades since then, Chernobyl has become a lingering nightmare for the entire world: the horrific threat of haunting radiation poisoning, the enormous risk of a dangerous technology spinning out of control, the fragility of the ecosystem, and the damage done to its citizens and the world at large.

The truth about the accident, however, was covered up from the beginning and has long been the subject of conflicting opinions.

Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews over more than a decade, Adam Higginbotham has turned what those who witnessed the disaster witnessed into an objective, sober and thought-provoking account, supported by previous correspondence, unpublished memoirs, and newly declassified archival documents.

The result is a thrilling masterpiece of nonfiction, a story more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet saga.

Book Review:

Today, nearly 40 years after Chernobyl, we are looking back at the accident and are no longer concerned with its technical details or whether nuclear energy is safe. There is no point in debating whether nuclear energy should be used for civilian purposes today. No energy conversion is 100 percent safe, let alone the fact that mankind must choose between the very low probability of a nuclear leak and the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with conventional power generation.

The answer needs no introduction.

As we look back on this event today, we want to see more than anything else how the thousands of oversights that preceded an “explosive” accident can lead to a catastrophe, how the tearing of society by an “explosive” accident can continue, and how an “explosive How an “explosive” accident can make an indelible mark on a generation and a country.

According to Hainsey’s accident theorem, behind every serious accident, there must be 29 less serious accidents and 300 attempted precursors, as well as 1,000 accident hazards to follow. To treat accidents, it is important to learn from them and not to discuss them as they happen. Any accident is not accidental, behind the accident there must be a large number of hidden dangers, a large number of unsafe factors.

The occurrence of the Chernobyl incident is almost inevitable, the reason why people in the center of the incident will think that it is a sudden and unpredictable event, only because they are in the information vacuum, and the information related to the accident has been isolated.

What is more frightening is that, as Gorbachev said, the Soviet Union before Chernobyl was in a long period of “stagnation”, and the economic stagnation intensified the laziness of people’s mindset.

However, the production safety accident is not the whole of the Chernobyl accident, let alone the core of the accident. The real irreparable part of the accident was the concealment.

The concealment of the truth about the accident, allowed first responders to rush unknowingly to lethal amounts of radiation.

Concealing the truth about the accident, allowing ordinary people to celebrate their holidays bathed in radioactive dust, unaware that their fate had long been rewritten.

Concealing the truth about the accident, refusing to provide assistance, and expanding the impact of the accident in the name of “self-reliance”. All of this has resulted in an evil consequence that is not only borne by the leaders of a region but also does not end with the loss of some lives.

On the contrary, the collapse of faith it caused became the wound of the country and was not lost with the fall of this giant. Since then, more and more people have been reflecting and asking the question: do we need unsung heroes who are ignorant and fearless under the concealment of the truth or modern individuals who make rational choices with flesh and blood under the full enjoyment of the right to know.

Chernobyl warns us not to be wary of technology but to be wary of power. There is no bias in the progress of technology, and it is not the technology itself but the use of technology that causes accidents.

Nuclear technology cannot be privatized, and it is linked to power, and when power arrogantly ignores the details, accidents are caused. This caution is appropriate in too many scenarios.

Therefore, at midnight in Chernobyl, we should think about the impact of technology, but we must not stop thinking about technology.

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