Manual for Survival

Manual for Survival

A Chernobyl Guide to the Future

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"A chilling exposé of the international effort to minimize the health and environmental consequences of nuclear radiation in the wake of Chernobyl. Governments and journalists tell us that though Chernobyl was "the worst nuclear disaster in history," a reassuringly small number of people died (44), and nature recovered. Yet, drawing on a decade of fine-grained archival research and interviews in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, Kate Brown uncovers a much more disturbing story--one in which radioactive isotypes caused hundreds of thousands of casualties. Scores of Soviet scientists, bureaucrats, and civilians documented stunning increases in cases of birth defects, child mortality, cancers, and a multitude of prosaic diseases, which they linked to Chernobyl. Worried that this evidence would blow the lid on the effects of massive radiation release from weapons testing during the Cold War, international scientists and diplomats tried to bury or discredit it. A haunting revelation of how political exigencies shape responses to disaster, Manual for Survival makes clear the irreversible impact on every living thing not just from Chernobyl, but from eight decades of radiation from nuclear energy and weaponry."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780393652512 hardcover
0393652513 hardcover
Branch Call Number: 363.179909 BRO
Characteristics: 420 pages : map ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Chernobyl guide to the future

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Author Kate Brown digs deep to show the impact of the Chernobyl disaster both on people's health and the region's environment. Although officials tried to cover it up, the radiation had more catastrophic and far-reaching consequences than supposed.


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