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Five Past Midnight in Bhopal: The Epic Story of the World's Deadliest Industrial Disaster Hardcover – June 3, 2002
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I faintly remember the incident at Bhopal, having been fairly young at the time to take in all the details, or appreciate the human tragedy that has occured, so I did not hesitate to buy this book as soon as it was published, being previously unfamilair with the works of Lapierre and Moro.
What makes this book so powerful is its unflinching humanity. Some of the thousands of victims that died that night, suddenly were alive with a history, and the authors with obvious sympathy, transform wretched, destitute, outcast people into heroes..their lives, joys, aspirations, optimism in the face of impossible odds is a wonderful triumph of the human spirit, regardless of how many gods it worships.
The moment when one of these people gets the first TV set, to the amazement of all the slum dwellers, is very touching and powerful..When the wedding preparations are made, and the joy of the parents borrowing money from a usurer to make it the most beautiful day of their daughter's life, is full of dignity..In short, the authors succeed on one level, to pay hommage to people that are forgotten in their own country and certainly in the world.
Yet the whole book is about the tragedy of the factory, and although I believe that the incident was partly caused by the cost cutting of Union Carbide,partly because of the inefficiency, and lack of training of the employees..(I did not join the authors in their apparent anti globalization undertones), the effect and devastation was mind boggling.Read more ›
The authors build the story through interviews with the workers at the plant, survivors from the city and several Union Carbide employees. The tale that emerges is one of an unfortunately preventable disaster that occurred because of misguided corporate decisions, the faultiest of which was probably the decision to build and run such a technologically complex and potentially dangerous facility in a third world country in the first place. Union Carbide also suffered from a misreading of the Indian marketplace and ultimately from a horribly misguided cost cutting plan that decimated safety proceedures at the plant and directly led to the disaster.
Lapierre and Moro are excellent writers whose prose is compellingly readable, though a bit overly dramatic at times. The style of the book is likely to put off some readers, who may be expecting more straightforward reporting. I should also note that the book concludes with an appeal for donations to help the poverty stricken in India, further illustrating that it is not a work of journalism.Read more ›
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I have always wanted to read about this incident to find why it was such a big disaster and is still considered so. Read morePublished 15 months ago by SudeshR
The book had some pages torn out. It was not complete. I they were from the front of the book and I do not think I missed anything, but still I did expect to get a complete in... Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by John R. Kennedy
It was an unfortunate event, but it's not of great historical importance for a general reader, any way he is a wonderful writer.Published on June 14, 2013 by DAVID SALVADOR HANANIA
Of all ways to die in a disaster, gas is one of the most terrifying. It is generally invisible, yet burns or drowns victims in their own fluids when encountered. Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by Severin Olson
A story so engaging, so well written, so provocative, so terrifying, that all high school civics teachers, science teachers, and college professors should make it required reading.Published on May 17, 2009 by Swan
On 3rd Dec 1984, over 30,000 people of Bhopal died through cyanide poisoning from the nearby Union Carbide plant. More than 500,000 were seriously injured. Read morePublished on November 11, 2007 by Paul Dsouza
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