The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research.
Adam Higginbotham writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, Businessweek, Smithsonian, Men's Journal, and The Atavist. He began his career in magazines and newspapers in London, where he was the editor--in-chief of The Face and a contributing editor at The Sunday Telegraph. The author of Midnight in Chernobyl, he lives in New York City.
"Superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying . . . the accident
unfurls with a horrible inevitability. Weaving together the
experiences of those who were there that night, Higginbotham
marshals the details so meticulously that every step feels
spring-loaded with tension. . . . Amid so much rich reporting and
scrupulous analysis, some major themes emerge. . . . Higginbotham's
extraordinary book is another advance in the long struggle to fill
in some of the gaps, bringing much of what was hidden into the
light." * New York Times *
"An invaluable contribution to history... tells a compelling story exceptionally well." -- Serhii Plokhy * Evening Standard *
"Higginbotham tells the story of the disaster and its gruesome aftermath with thriller-like flair. Midnight in Chernobyl is wonderful and chilling ... written with skill and passion. A tale of hubris and doomed ambition." -- Luke Harding * The Observer *
"Adam Higginbotham uses all of the techniques of the top-notch longform journalist to full effect. He swoops us into the heart of the catastrophe." -- Oliver Bullough * The Guardian *
"Utterly gripping and superbly researched... Higginbotham shows brilliantly how the tragedy contributed to the collapse of the whole Soviet system that had created it." * BBC History Magazine *