Chernobyl, Serhii Pokhy

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isbn: 9780141988351 was a winner of some non fiction writing gong i had never heard of.   Oh well i guess that makes me a chav again i will have to ask the zoo to sponsor a book prize*.

Mr Pokhy details the steps that made Chernobyl what it is today although its reputation as an area dead for thousands of years has not come to pass as doom and nayslayers thought it might.   There are bad patches, but the weather is the weather.

Another example of contamination was recently found in Greenland, it happened in 660 bc and  the sun discharged nuclear material so as natural stuff goes its not unknown.

Politics wise what comes off from the early pages of the book is that the workers paradise of the soviet union also did not like coal miners (my blog). As to the design being safe is a question left to those who supposedly checked such things.  Shoddy construction was also an issue.    Class issues make for an interesting commentary on communism.

Economics wise meant the power station essentially paid for the infrastructure not the state.  Capitalism rears its head even in the 1970’s. The Swedish first detected the disaster and while the books beginning and end are good its middle is not as illuminating.

Interesting for the politics and economics.

5/5 bananas

*the banana skin ?