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Explained: The Story of Chernobyl

According to a review in The New York Times, it is “superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying”.

Higginbotham concludes that the Soviet Union’s obsession with secrecy, and the peculiar nature of its nuclear programme made the accident both so cataclysmic and so likely.

Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster, which releases today, is a reconstruction of the accident from its prelude to its aftermath — based on eyewitness interviews and declassified official archives.

According to a review in The New York Times, it is “superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying”.

Higginbotham concludes that the Soviet Union’s obsession with secrecy, and the peculiar nature of its nuclear programme — run with “ruthless expedience” and an omnipresent fear of humiliation — made the accident both so cataclysmic and so likely.

A review in The Wall Street Journal mentions the other nuclear disaster that took place 25 years after Chernobyl, underlining that “the great difference between the two events was that the one at Fukushima was caused by an earthquake that generated a tsunami, whereas the one at Chernobyl was caused by human stupidity”.