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Nuclear Disaster in the Urals
The story of the explosion and contamination was and still is suppressed in the Soviet Union and, the author contends, by the CIA and other Western intelligence organizations fearful of public resistance to nuclear power plants. Now, after an intensive study of Soviet scientific articles (written to disguise the fact that they were about the Ural explosion) and after many ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by W. W. Norton Company
(first published January 1st 1979)
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This book is very interesting from the point of view of reading it now while it was published in the 70's about subject matter from the 50's. Even when it was written most of the information was classified and very difficult to determine. It was derided by western scientists and dismissed as fantasy. However, Medvedev was eventually vindicated when his assessment was eventually revealed to be nearly 100% accurate when the documents were declassified much later. So it's quite interesting to know ...more
The author recounts a nuclear power disaster and how it was covered up. Zhores Medvedev and other opponents of nuclear power were not listened to, and voila, Chernobyl. I had the privilege of hearing Zhores Medvedev speak at the University of Illinois. He is a great man. He was imprisoned in a Soviet mental asylum because of his dissent. I gave this book 4 stars because of the issues that the author raises, not for the writing.