Ablaze by Piers Paul Read

Description: The bestselling author of Blaze presents a heart-pounding account of the world’s greatest nuclear disaster, based on sources not available before the fall of the Soviet Union. Read’s enthralling account is filled with acts of courage–and also bumbling confusion, secrecy, lies, and coverups. Read spent many months in Russia interviewing hundreds of survivors and experts. Photographs. 3 maps.


‘But oh! It matters much to me
If wicked men with cunning ways
Should lull our fair Ukraine to sleep
To better plunder, set ablaze…
Oh yes, it matters much to me.’

– Taras Shevchenco Haidamaki 1841

Opening: In the summer of 1942, when the Soviet Union was allied with the United States and Great Britain in a pitiless war against Germany, a young Russian physicist named Georgi Flerov, on leave from the front, travelled to the Tatr city of Kazan. Here were the government ministries and scientific institutes that had been evacuated from Moscow and Leningrad.

Future Academician G.N.Flerov was born on the 2nd of March, 1913 in Rostov-on-Don, into the family of Nikolai Michailovich and Elizaveta Pavlovna Flerovs.

01.12.2014: Brown bear pictured in Chernobyl for first time in a century: Nuclear disaster creates wildlife haven thanks to total absence of human life for 30 years: The bear was photographed by an automatic camera trap in the exclusion zone around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant, scene of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. Read More

05.12.2014: Laura recommends this: Pandora’s Promise Plot summary is from IMDB: A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. The film explores how and why mankind’s most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately embraced by many of those who once led the charge against it. Operating as history, cultural meditation and contemporary exploration, PANDORA’S PROMISE aims to inspire a serious and realistic debate over what is without question the most important question of our time: how do we continue to power modern civilization without destroying it? Source


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