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Manual for survival : a Chernobyl guide to the future / Kate Brown.

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Erlanger Branch 363.1799 B878m 2019 (Text) 33126022608438 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780393652512
  • ISBN: 0393652513
  • Physical Description: 420 pages : map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [323]-398) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"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.
Subject: Radioactive pollution > Ukraine.
Ionizing radiation > Health aspects.
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobylʹ, Ukraine, 1986 > Environmental aspects.
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobylʹ, Ukraine, 1986 > Political aspects.

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2018 November #1

    Chernobyl's impact was both localized and minimal, right? Wrong, argues Brown, who draws on a decade of research in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus to argue that there were likely hundreds of thousands of casualties, from birth defects to cancer, and that not just the Soviets but anxious diplomats and scientists in the West downplayed Chernobyl's dangers lest citizens of the world question the consequences of Cold War nuclear weapons testing. Brown's 2013 Plutopia received no fewer than seven scholarly awards.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal.
  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2019 March #1

    Award-winning author Brown (history, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore Cty.; A Biography of No Place) writes a new history of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster that begins with text from the first survival manual ever issued to a population after a nuclear incident. The author's research then uncovers terrible truths that the official account of the disaster chose to ignore. Using archival records and interviews with those living in Ukraine and Belarus, Brown explores the environmental devastation that resulted from the incident. International scientists who wanted to promote the safety of nuclear energy deliberately downplayed the danger to the people still living in the Chernobyl area and to the flora and fauna in that region. For example, the official record states that only 44 people died as a result of the tragedy. Brown's research shows the actual death toll from radioactive isotopes to be in the hundreds of thousands, and engaging and accessible writing makes for a page-turning read. VERDICT This important work should be read by those concerned about the environmental impacts of nuclear energy and climate change. [See Prepub Alert, 10/1/18.]—Jason L. Steagall, formerly with Gateway Technical Coll. Lib., Elkhorn, WI

    Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

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