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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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Whether poor editing or translation had a big part to play in the overall structure of Voices from Chernobyl I have no idea but I was a very dissatisfied reader. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Annie
Good book. Neat to hear the stories of survivors and those directly involved. Would highly recommend.Published 8 days ago by Katherine Staley
I highly recommend this book, although it's intense and not for the faint of heart. So much of what happened at Chernobyl and the aftermath is not readily known to most. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amy Woolf
another great read from Alexievich. if this happens anywhere again, we all are doomed. great first hand accounts from people who witnessed this and from those that helped clean... Read morePublished 10 days ago by frank oldrant
Intense, amazingly written. Should be required reading in Academia.Published 16 days ago by nanosecond
I have read many books on Chernobyl and lived in Ukraine. This is the best book ever on the effect on human beings that suffered through the nightmare. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer