Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.1 X 1.4 X 9.2 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Kate Brown is an Assistant Professor of History at Western Kentucky University, where she teaches courses focused on the American Founding Era, Early Republic, and American Legal History. She recently published Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law (University Press of Kansas, 2017), and was a 2003 Gilder Lehrman Fellow.


This engagingly written book reads like a cold war thriller and uncovers the devastating effects of one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.--Alison MacFarlane, director, Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, George Washington University
[A] humane and strange book about the irreversible things a technological disaster does to people and landscapes.--Owen Hatherley
Brown's in-depth research and clean, concise writing illuminate the reality behind decades of 'half-truths and bald-faced lies.' Readers will be fascinated by this provocative history of a deadly accident and its consequences
A remarkable book, distinguished by formidable archival history, investigative research, and vivid storytelling. Parts of it grip with the force of a thriller--but again and again, the plot is proved true. A decade's work has gone into uncovering the real human cost of Chernobyl. Yet this is a book about even bigger subjects than the disaster at its core: about how politics processes disaster, about the unseen legacies of the 'friendly atom, ' and about the Anthropocene futures faced by the human species, surviving in an epoch of ruin.--Robert Macfarlane, author of The Old Ways
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
A magisterial blend of historical research, investigative journalism and poetic reportage.... an awe-inspiring journey.
In this explosive, exquisitely researched account, Brown draws on four years of fieldwork in Soviet and other archives--27 total, some previously unvisited--and in towns and farms in contaminated territories to provide a powerful story of the devastating health and environmental effects of radioactive fallout in areas outside the 30-kilometer Chernobyl Exclusion Zone... This sobering book should be read--and studied--by policymakers and citizens
Kate Brown introduces new archival material to document the public-health crisis -- creating a handbook for a 'postnuclear reality'.... Brown's page-turner skillfully weaves an original narrative on the long-term medical effects of the Chernobyl disaster.