The best books about Chernobyl

Memory and knowledge are the main values for a person. Without them, neither a full life nor further development is possible. This is particularly true for the lessons of history, which are better to learn once and not repeat again. After all, the consequences of forgetfulness can be disastrous. And the excursion to Chernobyl itself does not always help remember those events the way they deserve it.

The 26th of April, 1986 can be called the day that divided the history of the USSR, and then the life of many states of the post-Soviet space. This is one of the most catastrophic man-made accidents in nature, which has affected the lives of millions of people. More than 2,500 thousand square kilometers were contaminated so much that they were fenced off from the rest of the world, having created the Chernobyl exclusion zone – the place where the time once stopped, forever preserving for us the opportunity to go to 1986. What else can be said if the excursion to Chernobyl attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year.

This topic is so ambitious that it is still actively discussed in different ways. What was the cause of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, how it was liquidated, what happened to people during that time and after the disaster, what lessons need to be learned from this event. Hundreds of books have been written about the Chernobyl catastrophe, but there are those that are really worth reading.

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TOP books about Chernobyl

Especially for you, we have prepared a selection of profound books that will encourage you to stop and think.

“Chernobyl Prayer”, S. Aleksievich

This book is written on the basis of interviews with many hundreds of direct participants and witnesses of the accident that occurred in April 1986. It contains the stories of liquidators and firefighters, their relatives, doctors and scientists. The “Chernobyl Prayer” is focused primarily on people, as well as how the disaster has affected their lives, divided them into “before and after”.

«Chernobyl Prayer», S. Aleksievich

The work deeply penetrates into the minds of readers, making an indelible impression. By the way, the script of the most world famous series “Chernobyl” was written on the basis of Aleksievich’s creation.

“Nuclear Tan”, G. Medvedev

Another work that has had such a noticeable influence on the creators of the series “Chernobyl”, where some lines of the work are quoted. Grigory Medvedev, being an expert in nuclear energy, worked at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant at one time and knew many of the direct participants in these events. Therefore, the book contains his attempts to tell about the causes and consequences of the tragedy at the Chernobyl nuclear power station.

“Nuclear Tan” is a collection that consists of:

The story-investigation is written in such a technically and grammarly competent way that it is often used by authors who write about Chernobyl.

“Chernobyl 01:23:40”, E. Lieserbarrow

A relatively new book published in 2014 by the British Andrew Lieserbarrow, a renowned expert in the history of nuclear energy. Before writing the story, the author has spent several months in a trip to the Chernobyl exclusion zone and especially Pripyat, piece by piece collecting all the valuable information.

“Chernobyl 01:23:40” is a combination of several genres: travelogue chronicle, historical research. The work describes the events of the ill-fated 26th of April, 1986. During reading, the recipient will learn how the course of actions at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on that fateful day, as well as the following months. Despite the fact that the book is replete with technical details, it doesn’t become boring to read, but conveys the story in a living language.

“Chernobyl”, Yuri Shcherbak

The main value of this creation lies in the fact that it was published in 1987, in fact, “in hot pursuits. Yuri Shcherbak, a famous publicist and epidemiologist, has created a work that became an artistic interpretation of the tragedy that had happened.

Another factor that differs it from other books is the narration from namely Ukrainian scientists’ point of view, which is primarily opposite to the conclusions of Russian atomic scientists and specialists. The author has surveyed hundreds of different people – from firefighters to academicians, from doctors to policemen and soldiers. All of this was preserved for descendants on the pages of this deep work.

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