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Ablaze by Piers Paul Read
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Sep 16, 2009

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bookshelves: non-fiction, politics-history, 2009
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This book was definitely interesting. I didn't know much about the Chernobyl accident. One of my friends who is getting ready to go into the Peace Corps in Ukraine recommended the book to me. What was most interesting to me is that so much of the aftermath of the accident was totally mishandled because of the government that was in place at the time (Remember, this still happened under the Soviet Union). I wonder how much of the damage of the town and the sickness of the people could have been prevented or at least lessened had the government not been in the way.

I also thought it was interesting how the author lined up how the aftermath was carried out in alignment with glasnost (Gorbachev's political push for openess in the government, something that definitely hadn't happened under the Soviets before). It was definitely an interesting book.
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