Manual for Survival: An Environmental History of the Chernobyl Disaster

Kate Brown (Author)

Product Details

$17.95  $16.51
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
March 17, 2020
5.4 X 8.0 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Kate Brown is professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is also the author of Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland and Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters.


A remarkable book, distinguished by Kate Brown's rare combination of skills: formidable archival history, investigative research, and vivid storytelling.--Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland
This engagingly written book reads like a cold war thriller and uncovers the devastating effects of one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.--Allison Macfarlane, director, Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, George Washington University
Gripping.... Kate Brown's relentless, tenacious reporting shows that Chernobyl isn't the past at all. Nothing, she makes clear, can stop its radiation from seeping through all attempts to bury the truth for a long time to come. This deftly written, impassioned, courageous book should make the world think twice about what's at stake when we unleash nuclear reactions.--Alan Weisman, author, The World Without Us and Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
Brown knows her landscape exceptionally well, down to the last tiny village that suffered from the disaster.--Serhii Plokhi
A handbook for a 'postnuclear reality.'--Sonja Schmid
Astonishingly thorough....[A] revelatory masterpiece.--Jerry Mathes
Manual for Survival is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the local and global effects of Chernobyl, and its continuing impacts.--Elena Aronova