I picked up this book after watching the recent HBO series Chernobyl. It is a great companion to the show, but also fascinating and well-written on its own. It describes the political climate and human errors that led to the devastating accident at the nuclear power plant, as well as the aftermath and effects on the people that lived and worked in the surrounding areas.
“A gripping miss-your-subway-stop read . . . Higginbotham captures the nerve-racked Soviet atmosphere brilliantly.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Midnight in Chernobyl is top-notch historical narrative: a tense, fast-paced, engrossing, and revelatory product of more than a decade of research. . . . A stunningly detailed account . . . For all its wealth of information, the work never becomes overwhelming or difficult to follow. Higginbotham humanizes the tale, maintaining a focus on the people involved and the choices, both heroic and not, they made in unimaginable circumstances. This is an essential human tale with global consequences.”—Booklist, Starred Review