The USSR expanded its nuclear power program in the 1970s as its economy stagnated. The first new nuclear plant opened in 1975 in Chernobyl, Ukraine. As journalist Adam Higginbotham masterfully reports, after a failed safety test on a Friday night in April 1986, Reactor Four exploded. The radioactive fire proved nearly impossible to extinguish, and the explosion contaminated the region for decades. This meticulously researched book offers fascinating technical details on nuclear power and a gripping portrait of the USSR’s final years.
About the Author
Adam Higginbotham writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ and Smithsonian.