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

    Julie McDowall, The Times
  • A work of deep scholarship and powerful stroytelling. Plokhy is the master of the telling detail

    Victor Sebestyen, Sunday Times
  • This history reads like an academic thriller written by Malcolm Gladwell. Without losing any detail or nuance, Plokhy has a knack for making complicated things simple while still profound. As moving as it is painstakingly researched, this book is a tour de force and a cracking read

    Viv Groskop, Observer
  • 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
  • Plokhy's range, from scene-setting and character-sketching to hard science and political analysis, is near-Tolstoyan. His voice is humane and inflected with nostalgia

    Roland Elliott Brown, Spectator
  • 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
  • An important work that offers a clear-eyed assessment of the disaster and its consequences. . . Plokhy tells the story with great assurance and style, and the majority of his material appears here for the first time in English

    Tobie Mathew, Literary Review
  • Serhii Plokhy is uniquely qualified to tell this tragic story: he writes not only as a major historian, but also as someone who was living with his family under the cloud of the Chernobyl disaster at the time. The result is as riveting as a novel

    Mary Elise Sarotte, author of The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall