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Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster Paperback – April 18, 2006
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These stories of "Chernobylites," the stigmatized and disdained victims of the accident, share a common theme. The government was neither truthful nor forthcoming about the level of danger that those living near the area of the Chernobyl plant experienced. They did not provide the victims with information on treatment in a timely manner, because it would have meant admitting that a horrible accident had actually occurred. Those who tried to warn others of the danger were silenced or mocked. Men were sent to clean up the site and were given extra pay in exchange, ultimately, for their lives. Because people could not see the radiation, they kept on eating contaminated food, breathing contaminated air, using contaminated clothing and living (approximately 2.1 million people) on contaminated land. Immediately afterwards, men were sent to kill the domestic animals, evacuate the people and, using shovels and minimal protective gear, remove the contaminated soil.Read more ›
As an oral history this is a frightening experience (the term "experience" emphasized). Chernobyl has been largely hushed up and kept quiet, the scope of it is worse than most know or understand (occasionally we hear a few hundred or thousand people died and certain cancers are slightly up, don't believe it, much worse). Only about %5 of the nuclear material escaped so it was a minor accident on the scale of things. There is a %50 chance of another meltdown happening elsewhere in the world over the next 40 years (sourced in book). Had Chernobyl been a full meltdown much of Europe would be dieing off as we speak. 16 more Chernobyl-type reactors are still in operation (14 in Russia). As Alexievich says in her epitaph: "These people had already seen what for everyone else is still unknown. I felt like I was recording the future."
The disaster of Chernobyl is still going today, it never ended, it is like AIDS - it just keeps getting worse, there is no cure for radiation which lasts 100s of 1000s of years. The radiated material is finding its way outside of the "Zone" and spreading slowly around the world. Down the rivers into the seas, blown on dust, carried out by hand by bandits in the form of trucks and TV's and scrap metal sold to Asian scrap metal firms which build the goods we buy, grown in food and sold on the world market.Read more ›
Walter E. Bjorneby, Lt/Col, USAF (Ret)
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In tying together these individual stories of people who lived through the Chernobyl event, one get a clear picture of what life was like at that time. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by I. Angilan
I cannot, it was a gift. Reaction was very positive from the recipient.Published 21 hours ago by Nora
The somewhat interesting subject matter is narrated by survivors in a tedious and depressing work.Published 14 days ago by Cynthia Adamson
Short and Sweet: Voices from Chernobyl is a poignant novel that utilizes a unique storytelling structure to convey the heartbreaking reality of the explosion’s aftermath. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Ovellia Rose
This is a great book both for the readers that love science in general as well as the ones that prefer other domains of literature and arts. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Marios
Compelling and sad insights into how people and corrupt governments deal with disasters in the third world.Published 27 days ago by joseph h friedman
Very interesting from the perspective of the people who lived through it.Published 29 days ago by Karen Holle