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Author: Andrey Illesh
ISBN13: 978-0931933394
Title: Chernobyl : A Russian Journalist's Eyewitness Account
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Language: English
Category: Social Sciences
Publisher: Richardson & Steirman & Black; First Edition (stated) edition (July 1, 1987)
Pages: 200

Chernobyl : A Russian Journalist's Eyewitness Account by Andrey Illesh

I approached the book with great anticipation. Having studied the accident thoroughly at a distance, I hoped it would help me better understand what took place. Alas, except for a few new vignettes and about 77 photos of the reactor and decontamination efforts, some not published heretofore, I was disappointed.

This book was published in 1987 - when a lot of information about the accident still hadn't been released (much info came after the collapse of the USSR). So it's interesting in that regard - the author seems to think that Pripyat (the city nearest to Chernobyl that was occupied by the plant's workers and families) will be inhabitable soonish (it's still not habitable today)

This book should be read by all those folks who wish to dismiss those affected by nuclear accidents. This book gives a written visual of the precious Ukrainian people who died, were injured and those still living who we should never forget. God bless the Ukrainian country and all her people. Here is to wishing we can never again have any more nuclear accidents anywhere in our fragile world.

A few weeks ago I got a book by a Dutch photographer Robert Knoth called Certicaat nr 000358. It's a photographic record of nuclear disasters' effects on people's lives in Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan. The pictures are really striking – and not only because they show the human aspect of tragedy. They just describe what they've felt, seen, smelled and heard. SMELLS The reactor was on fire. The Japanese robot is on the roof for five minutes, and then breaks down. The Russian robot is up there two hours! Then a command comes in over the loudspeaker: "Private Ivanov! In two hours, you're welcome to come down and have a cigarette break.

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A Soviet journalist and three photographers cover the dramatic events following the nuclear accident at Chernobyl and offer suggestions for an international approach to the safer operation of nuclear power plants
Reviews: 3
The book is well-written and concise. Actually shortly after it arrived there was an entire day where power was out in my neighborhood, so without anything else to do I started reading it... and devoured the whole book in one sitting. It has enough detail to be engrossing but not too much that it's tedious or overbearing, and the translation from the original Russian is also very high-quality.
Another good view.
I read this book from Cover to Cover. Extensive B&W pictures and illustrations. The commentary by the author makes this a bleak and stark work on one feature of the Nuclear age. I imagine that Russia kept a tight lid on their nuclear technology, in much the same way that the US did, after figuring out how to make the bomb. Actually, a nuclear power plant is not far removed from nuclear weaponry; only controlling the reaction rather than dropping it somewhere an leaving FAST. But any Nuclear reactor requires CONSTANT oversight, monitoring, and reaction when things go awry. Monotony and slips in such oversight affected the Russians, and things quickly got out of hand and beyond control.

Towns obliterated by radiation; people sickened and killed; heroic plant employees killed or maimed during subsequent encasement and control of a big problem. No doubt, down the road, a hundred thousand people likely developed some sort of cancer. Yet like so many refugees, many wanted to stay in the area, as that is where they were most comfortable. Even today, former residents want to return to the farm or apartment buildings they left behind in haste.

Author Andrey Illesh made a commendable summary of the situations presented, along with exclusive photographs of first account reporting. Though others have made more accounts and detailed timelines, I would suggest that anyone wishing to know more about Chernobyl, make Illesh's book one of the first stops. Text is probably 7th or 8th grade level, and fairly easy to comprehend.