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Ev and Atomic accidents by James Mahaffey are both accuratethe Dîwana Jan first giving aull account and the second a brief overview This is a great read Not only does it describe the event and the aftermath in great detail but also gives personal accounts and histories of the people involved Even the explanations of the great detail but also gives personal accounts and histories of the people involved Even the explanations of the workings of the Soviet political system were thoroughly ascinating Wonderful wonderful book One of my avourites Brilliant This is one of the most compelling books I ve read It is thought provoking and illuminating on many aspects not just of the nuclear power industry but also the machinations of the corrupt ormer USSR It s a great read And the recent Chernobyl tv streaming series while "great didn t do the material justice The book is much much "didn t do the material justice The book is much much An amazing book I would highly recommend reading this before watching the mini series as it ills in all the details before during and after If you have seen the TV series then it won t disappoint as it covers a lot of detail that wasn t in the series Elouently written like a piece of dramatic science iction except it happened it covers the history the people and the science of what happened Amazing investigative research and details that must have taken years to piece together I can t speak highly enough of this book Kudos Adam Insofar as the Naples! facts surrounding the catastrophe are knownor as the author says even today not all are Adam Higginbotham has made immense efforts to assemble them into a highly readable account What struck me even was the degree to which the then Soviet bureaucracy and government covered up the accident The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey failed to accept responsibilityor Itsuka fundamental designailings ignored warnings rom respected scientists and operators over a long period apportioned blame conveniently disregarded the safety of its own citizens and of the world in generaland a host of other things Contrary to what Dr Barry Clayton says in his review here I can assure you that the book is NOT ull of unnecessary detail it is the small details and the human actors that make it readable Were they not there the book would be a very dry account Don t be put off by the rather melodramatic title it is a thoroughly recommended read Unbelievably detailed account of the biggest atomic accident in human history The blend of a painstakingly research and irst person testimonials made this book one of the best nonfiction book I have ever read Well written account of a terrible event Really enjoyed this book and ound it difficult to put down Recommend both as a historical account but also a tale of how many small errors can come together to create a disaster Well researched and very detailed this book describes the events that led to and ollowed Live Bait from the explosion in reactor number 4 at Chernobyl Some details beggars beliefor example the other three reactors continued to produce power No Strings Attached for the Ukraineor many many years after the explosion despite being at radioactive Ground Zero My only criticism is that it is a little too detailed at times it is difficult to Fancy Strut follow the many individuals involved and the myriad USSR departments but better to have too much detail than not enough. Human resilience and ingenuity and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will lessons which in theace of climate change and other threats remain not just vital but necessaryNow Higginbotham brings us closer to the truth behind this colossal tragedy'Tells the story of the disaster and its gruesome aftermath with thriller like lairwonderful and chilling written with skill and passion' The Observer 'An invaluable contribution to history' Serhii Plokhy Evening StandardLONGLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE ONDAATJE PRIZE 202. ,

Would tend not to all Explanation came Unbreathed Memories from a high school physics text that I paraphrase and summarise thus Natural uranium comes in two isotopes Uranium238 993% and Uranium235 07% Fission is caused by neutrons striking uranium atoms Fast neutrons are caused byission of U235 atoms Fast neutrons striking U238 do not cause ission Fast neutrons striking U235 cause negligible ission Slow neutrons are only slightly absorbed by U238 and cause negligible ission Slow striking U235 cause negligible ission Slow neutrons are only slightly absorbed by U238 and cause negligible A Sally Lockhart Mystery 2 fission Slow striking U235 causeission For U235 ission to happen such that a self sustaining chain reaction may occur there needs to be sufficient mass of U235 at least 2 3% enriched in the total U238 U235 mass of "uranium Then a good neutron moderator water or graphite is needed to "Then a good neutron moderator water or graphite
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needed to enough ast neutrons to sustain a chain reaction in U235 If the moderator is water most Western reactors and if the water boils and turns to steam steam is All about Us far less effective as moderator than waterewer neutrons are slowed and the continuing U235 reaction stops spontaneously If the moderator is graphite Chernobyl RBMK and if surrounding coolant water boils and turns to steam neutron moderation by the graphite is unchanged the chain reaction continues but the neutron absorbtion unction of the coolant water reduces Moderation by the graphite as a conseuence increases reactivity increases heat increases coolant water turns to steam and the escalation expressed as the positive void continues The unchecked result is ire in the graphite To control and reduce moderation by the graphite the control rods must be inserted in the graphite core and they must workA layman s seuencing perhaps which I am sure experts will Noni Speaks Up fault But it is logically joined up and is superior to the explanations given by either Messrs Higginbotham or PlokhyGripe allowedor Midnight in Chernobyl is a Handbags and Gladrags fabulous book that I recommend unreservedly Wow what a ride A most down to earth summary of what had the potential to cause so much damageWe really are lucky that brave men and women essentially sacrificed themselvesor our An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) future The author provides a succinct yetormative background of the social political economical and ideological states in the USSR that led to this tragedy The research and the details are impeccable The glimpses into the lives of the people involved as well as their actions is coupled with layman explanations of nuclear powe I can remember the disaster unfolding whilst at school and seemingly thinking at the time why we were only just hearing about it 3 days after it happened The book answers this and many other subseuent uestions and I cannot possibly imagine the amount of time and effort that went into the research or this book let alone the terrible conseuences to those who so bravely and blindingly ought to contain the disaster whilst the politics tried to cover it up Fascinating Wish Upon a Wedding frightening and wonderful in eual measure I have read a lot of books and technical reports on this appalling disasterThis books adds little that is newIt contains a number of technical inaccuracies which make me wonder if the author actually understood what happened that dayThe truth about Chernobyl by Grigory Medved. S this book makesor a masterful non iction thrillerChernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world shorthand or the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other for a dangerous technology slipping its leashor ecological Richard Nixon: The Life fragility andor what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers not only its own citizens but all of humanity It is a story that has long remained in dispute clouded rom the beginning in secrecy propaganda and misinformation Midnight In Chernobyl is an indelible portrait of history's worst nuclear disaster of. This is possibly the scariest book I have "ever read and makes any zombie horror ilm pale into insignificanceA series of avoidable problems at least they "read and makes any zombie horror ilm pale into insignificanceA series of avoidable problems at least they have been if not or the curious mirror world of Soviet politics meant that a hastily designed badly built and poorly maintained nuclear reactor or to you and me a horrific world threatening disaster waiting to happen had it s predictable explosive melt downBecause the Soviet system could not admit that This is a wonderful book It covers the causes and effects of the Chernobyl catastrophe and the event seuence of its occurrence better than any popular work has yet done I do have one gripe about the technical presentation below but the book overall is so outstanding that I m giving the ive stars anyway and never mind the logical inconsistencyThe main aspects of the story of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion and meltdown are the history of the USSR nuclear industry the society and environment within which the civilian electricity generation arm of the industry operated the technical aspects of the disaster itself the enormous Soviet recovery effort the medical health and environmental effects and the long term conseuences and aftermath No author can be a specialist at Them All But Mr all but Mr nevertheless handles than all with eual acility thoroughness and clarity It s a tour de orceOne of my other reviews is of Chernobyl History of a Tragedy by the Ukrainian writer Serhii Plokhy It s good but is simply outshone by Midnight Mr Higginbotham s work is superior in its technical exposition of the disaster in its use of numbers and radiation metrics in its description of the immediate Soviet response on the construction of the sarcophagus on what #happened inside the entombed reactor in subseuent years and critically in its assessment and identification of the underlying causes In an #inside the entombed reactor in subseuent years and critically in its assessment and identification of the underlying causes In an way Midnight also expresses compassion or the victims as well as the poignancy of the conseuences affecting individuals Lastly and in contrast to Mr Plokhy Midnight seems to me to remain at all times politically disinterested and impartialFor identification of underlying cause as opposed to the immediate technical triggers of the accident I can do no better than uote Janae (Blacktop, from page 347 the origins of the Chernobyl disaster lay in a combination of scientific technological socioeconomic and humanactors uniue to the USSR The Soviet nuclear industry lacking even rudimentary safety practices had relied upon its operators to behave with robotic precision night after night despite constant pressure to beat deadlines and exceed the plan that made disregard or the letter of the regulations almost inevitable Case restsThe gripe Yes Mr Higginbotham s technical account of how ission reactors operate pp35 38 doesn t maintain a continuous logical thread Reading and re reading didn t clarify or me the inherent design law of the Soviet RBMK reactor One sentence on p38 threw me and left me guessing In reactors that use water as both coolant and moderator as the volume of steam increases ewer neutrons are slowed so reactivity alls This seems counterintuitive surely if ewer neutrons are slowed reactivity. THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Superb enthralling and necessarily terrifyingevery step eels spring loaded with tension extraordinary' The New York TimesThe story of Chernobyl iscomplexhuman andterrifying than the Soviet myth Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the 1986 disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it Why Diets Make Us Fat first hand Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course ofthan ten years as well as letters unpublished memoirs and documentsrom recently declassified archive.

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