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Manual for survival : a Chernobyl guide to the future

Author: Kate Brown
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Brown
ISBN: 9780393652512 0393652513
OCLC Number: 1037807440
Description: 420 pages : map ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The survivor's manual --
I. The accident : --
Liquidators at Hospital No. 6 --
Evacuees --
Rainmakers --
Operators --
Ukrainians --
Physicists and physicians --
II. Hot survival : --
Woolly truths --
Clean hides, dirty water --
Making sausage of disaster --
Farms into factories --
III. Man-made nature : --
The swamp dweller --
The great Chernobyl acceleration --
IV. Post-apocalypse politics : --
The housekeeper --
KGB suspicions --
V. Medical mysteries : --
Primary evidence --
Declassifying disaster --
The superpower self-help initiative --
Belarusian somnambulists --
The great awakening --
VI. Science across the Iron Curtain : --
Send for the cavalry --
Marie Curie's fingerprint --
Foreign experts --
In search of catastrophe --
Thyroid cancer : the canary in the medical mine --
The butterfly effect --
Looking for a lost town --
Greenpeace red shadow --
The quiet Ukrainian --
VII. Survival artists : --
The Pietà --
Bare life --
Conclusion: Berry picking into the future.
Other Titles: Chernobyl guide to the future
Responsibility: Kate Brown.

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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."--

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