Author: Adam Higginbotham
It is a definitive and dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research.
Chernobyl was also a key event in the destruction of the Soviet Union, and, with it, the US’ victory in the Cold War. For Moscow, it was a political and financial catastrophe as much as an environmental and scientific one.
“Midnight in Chernobyl,” award-worthy nonfiction that reads like sci-fi, shows not only the final epic struggle of a dying empire but also the story of individual heroism and desperate, ingenious technical improvisation joining forces against a new kind of enemy, according to review published on goodreads.com.
The full story of the events that started that night in the control room of Reactor No.4 of the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant has never been told — until now.
Journalist Adam Higginbotham tells the full dramatic story, including Alexander Akimov and Anatoli Dyatlov, who represented the best and worst of Soviet life; denizens of a vanished world of secret policemen, internal passports, food lines, and heroic self-sacrifice for the Motherland.