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Chernobyl: Confessions of a Reporter Hardcover – April 1, 2006

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Born in Moldava in 1936. Laureate of the most distinguished international prizes including five World Press Photo, a contributor to Time, Newsweek, Paris-Match, Liberation, and Stern. Kostin lives and works in Kiev, 50 kilometers from Chernobyl.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Umbrage Editions; Sixth Printing edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884167578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884167577
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written by prizewinning journalist Igor Kostin, who braved severe radiation to take the only existing photograph of the Chernobyl plant on the day of its catastrophic destruction, Chernobyl: Confessions of a Reporter is a compilation of black-and-white and color photographs that Kostin continued to take for twenty years of the plant, the forbidden zone surrounding it, and the people who worked there. For the first time, Kostin presents Chernobyl's story in words as well as pictures, yet it is the photographs that utterly dominate Chernobyl: Confessions of a Reporter, captured images ranging from men transporting radioactive blocks with their naked hands to the evacuation of villages and the construction of the sacrophagus. A singularly compelling visual glimpse into the heart and aftermath of tragedy.
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For people who love to see great pictures about the Chernobyl tragedy this book is a blessing. Form day one Igor took pictures and continued to do so. This book will give you a view form the disaster and its impact. All condensed in one book. Not only are the pictures of great quality, but pictures are also accompanied with good comments that put the pictures in the right perspective.
Highly recommended for picture lovers and people who are interested in the Chernobyl disaster and its impact on the environment and peoples lives.
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I was surprised by the amount of photographs, but was definitely not disappointed. Many of these photos are iconic to the Chernobyl disaster so you may have seen them before. This book tells the story of the Chernobyl disaster through the eyes of Igor Kostin and his photos. There are a few possible typos, but overall its an excellent book and I am glad to have it in my collection.
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This book is good for someone who likes 50% photos and 50% texts. I really enjoyed it and got the true sense of the devastation of how Chernobyl changed everything. I've always been fascinated with Chernobyl but to have it in pictures is powerful. I soon found a BBC docu-drama similar to the story in the book. Made me interested in more specific details of this time in history.
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I purchased this book because I have a fascination for the Chernobyl disaster.

Written by one of the first to reach the site of the accident and to photograph it, this guys has guts that most of us only can imagine and dream we may act in such a heroic way.

The photo's are astonishing especially the one looking directly down into the open roof of the reactor.

I highly recommend this photo essay to anyone interested in the Chernobyl incident.
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I was a sophomore in college on April 26, 1985 when the news of Chernobyl broke. I remember sitting with friends in my dorm room when someone down the hall prompted us to adjust our television's aluminum foil "rabbit ears" to see the news of an explosion at a nuclear reactor in the Soviet Union. Looking back, I recall two simultaneous reactions: 1) This may be serious and 2) It's the Soviet Union, so we'll never hear the truth about what really happened. But, being young and in college (at springtime) on the other side of the world, the importance of Chernobyl as a newsworthy event dissipated almost immediately. Over twenty years later, I finally took an interest in the Chernobyl accident ... after playing two video games that generated a simply amazing first-person "tour" of the Chernobyl plant and the haunting ghost-town of Pripyat (who says video games are mindless?). The scenery in the games generated a craving to learn more about the mysterious events surrounding Chernobyl and the events that followed. In my quest to obtain more knowledge, I wanted a definitive pictorial reference and Igor Kostin's CHERNOBYL: CONFESSIONS OF A REPORTER proved to be an essential resource for me.

The problem I've discovered with Chernobyl is that it doesn't seem to get the attention it deserves. While the accident is always referenced as the "worst nuclear disaster in history", the event, 25 years later, still remains clouded in mystery and for many in the Western Hemisphere, it sadly doesn't even register as a significant event (just ask any college kid). Making matters worse, there is very little photographic evidence to paint a clearer picture of the event and its aftermath (other than the exploitation and exaggeration of Chernobyl by video game developers).
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Fabulous, Fabulous, Fabulous insight and angle on what happened at Chernobyl.
I read the entire book in one night! What a brave and intriguing man, Igor Kostin is!
Great photographs and brief summaries between chapters of what happened.
Must get to keep on your shelf.
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