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Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich
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Dec 01, 11

Read in November, 2011

I had to put this book down after a while, because the tragedy of the message was so powerful. The bottom line of this book was the cover-up. You hear not only from the victims and the victims' families, but you also hear from the politicians and leaders at that time. There were so many reasons people gave as to why appropriate precautions weren't taken and people weren't warned as much as they should have been. Of course, this is all retrospective, so there is a lot of anger and some self righteousness. Some of the interviewees were so angry that they couldn't talk, and I was glad that the interviewer included those as well. I couldn't help but wonder how much of this was inflated, in the memories of the people. However, the process of dying and the medical events do not seem exaggerated to me, with my limited knowledge of radiation poisoning. I've studied it, but I've never seen it.
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