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Reviews

  • An insightful and important book, that often reads like a good thriller, and that exposes the danger of mixing powerful technology with irresponsible politics

    Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens
  • As moving as it is painstakingly researched, this book is a tour de force and a cracking read. . . Without losing any detail or nuance, Plokhy has a knack for making complicated things simple while still profound

    Viv Groskop, Observer
  • A work of deep scholarship and powerful stroytelling. Plokhy is the master of the telling detail

    Victor Sebestyen, Sunday Times
  • A compelling history of the 1986 disaster and its aftermath. . . Plokhy's well-paced narrative plunges the reader into the sweaty, nervous tension of the Chernobyl control room

    Daniel Beer, Guardian
  • The first comprehensive history of the Chernobyl disaster. . . here at last is the monumental history the disaster deserves

    Julie McDowall, The Times
  • Plokhy, a Harvard professor of Ukrainian background, is ideally placed to tell the harrowing story of Chernobyl. . . he has an immense knowledge of Russian and Ukrainian history and maintains the highest standards of scholarship

    Tony Barber, Financial Times
  • A meticulous account of the disaster - and how the Soviet authorities tried to cover it up. . . A worthy winner of this year's Baillie Gifford prize for nonfiction

    Robbie Millen, The Times Books of the Year
  • A riveting account of human error and state duplicity. . . rightly being hailed as a classic

    Hannah Betts, Daily Telegraph
  • A masterful retelling. . . Mr Plokhy's book will endure as a definitive history

    Economist

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