Reviews

  • "Superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying . . . the accident unfurls with a horrible inevitability. Weaving together the experiences of those who were there that night, Higginbotham marshals the details so meticulously that every step feels spring-loaded with tension. . . . Amid so much rich reporting and scrupulous analysis, some major themes emerge. . . . Higginbotham’s extraordinary book is another advance in the long struggle to fill in some of the gaps, bringing much of what was hidden into the light."

    New York Times
  • "An invaluable contribution to history... tells a compelling story exceptionally well."

    Evening Standard
  • "Higginbotham tells the story of the disaster and its gruesome aftermath with thriller-like flair. Midnight in Chernobyl is wonderful and chilling ... written with skill and passion. A tale of hubris and doomed ambition."

    The Observer
  • "Adam Higginbotham uses all of the techniques of the top-notch longform journalist to full effect. He swoops us into the heart of the catastrophe."

    The Guardian
  • "Utterly gripping and superbly researched… Higginbotham shows brilliantly how the tragedy contributed to the collapse of the whole Soviet system that had created it."

    BBC History Magazine
  • "An account that reads almost like the script for a movie . . . Higginbotham has captured the terrible drama."

    The Wall Street Journal
  • "This is a highly detailed, carefully documented, beautifully narrated telling of this breathtakingly complex accident and its mitigation."

    Nature
  • "Secrecy, stupidity and farce: the full story of what caused Chernobyl. Surely definitive."

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "A gripping, miss-your-subway-stop read. Higginbotham captures the nerve-racked Soviet atmosphere brilliantly, mostly through vivid details about the participants."

    New York Times Book Review
  • "A nuclear thriller. Higginbotham has done some remarkable research... impressive."

    The Times