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Chernobyl Record: The Definitive History of the Chernobyl Catastrophe 1st Edition

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People in other countries begin to forget the disaster and so Chernobyl Record is very important because it reminds them of the effects the catastrophe had on Belarus and its people. It is a useful source of impartial information on Chernobyl and its consequences.
-Inessa Pleskachevskaya, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in UK

This book contains a comprehensive collection of facts, widely researched and well referenced, reflecting the autho's deep interest in the subject matter. No other similar concise account of the Chernobyl aftermath … is known to be available from elsewhere. The book offers a wealth of information, also to those generally well familiar with Chernobyl, and attracts the reader to open it and read it over and again. This book certainly belongs on the bookshelf of everybody interested in the Chernobyl NPP catastrophe and to persons professionally involved in work on nuclear and radiation safety.
-Dr. Frankz-Nikolasu Flakus, formerly Senior Officer of the International Atomic Energy Agency

A strong contribution to understanding the Chernobyl catastrophe, the background against which it happened, the heroism of the emergency accident workers, and the radiation effects on surrounding human populations, food supplies, ground water, and forests. At a time when there is a danger of forgetting, this book provides a timely reminder that the unimaginable actually happened at Chernobyl.
-Professor John Surrey

A truly monumental assembly of all that we have learned about the disaster, and a compendium of lessons which we forget at our peril.
-Professor Roger Berry

It is readable to someone like myself who is not an expert in the field. The photographs, diagrams, and glossary of terms all helped to explain the scale of the disaster and the aftermath.
-Kate Sanders, British Institute of Radiology Library Manager
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075030670X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750306706
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,716,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I approached Dr. Mould's book "Chernobyl Record" with some trepidation, as I read some reviews that characterized it as unabashedly pro-nuclear. However, I did not really detect such a bias. Some claim that Mould downplays the effects of radiation, but I don't see how. He uses plenty of data to support his claims, and he hardly glosses over the horrible effects of radiation. But I think I am more apt to believe his claim that Chernobyl was the "greatest psychological disaster in history," in that many of the effects in people outside the exclusion zone and the Kiev area were psychosomatic, tied to their fear of the effects of radiation. I am not trying to downplay Chernobyl's consequences, which are huge, but compared to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, its effects were less in magnitude and scope. However, even if some effects are only psychological, these too are quite sad and often as bad as the physical effects. The accident has led to economic problems in Ukraine, including high unemployment, and the displacement of a large number of people, and these factors all lead to a high rate of depression and alcoholism among many Ukrainians, including the survivors and liquidators.

"Chernobyl Record" provides an excellent inroduction to the Chernobyl accident, explaining all of the necessary terminology on radiation and nuclear reactors. However, it does kind of speed through the accident itself, and for in-depth accounts of the actual accident, one will have to look elsewhere, such as Grigori Medvedev's The Truth About Chernobyl.
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A very informative book, well written.
Amazon delivered it 10 days earlier than promised. Well done!
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By Henry on August 25, 2015
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This is hardly a definitive history of the Chernobyl disaster. What the book covers is, by and large informative and interesting. But it just does NOT tell the whole tale by any means, effectively glossing over critical events in the immediate post-accident "liquidation" and so forth. The author appears to rely, almost uncritically on official reports and statistics on deaths and illness that are accepted as reliable by relatively few I've ever heard speak to the issue.(and I'm not referring to those who wildly exaggerate the numbers either, but remember, we are talking about the Soviet Union here, for goodness sake!) Again, this book is a fine volume to add to your collection, if you have a serious interest in the topic. But to call this definitive as at best misleading, and I'd only recommend this to those who are just looking for another "angle" on the Chernobyl disaster - not a complete history of any kind.
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