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Manual for survival : a Chernobyl guide to the future / Kate Brown.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Allentown Public Library System.
  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)

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Allentown Public Library 363.17 BROW (Text) 34455006645622 New Adult Non-Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780393652512
  • ISBN: 0393652513
  • Physical Description: 420 pages : map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, independent Publishers Since 1923, [2019]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [323]-398) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: The survivor's manual -- The accident. Liquidators at Hospital No. 6 ; Evacuees ; Rainmakers ; Operators ; Ukrainians ; Physicists and physicians -- Hot survival. Woolly truths ; Clean hides, dirty water ; Making sausage of disaster ; Farms into factories -- Man-made nature. The swamp dweller ; The great Chernobyl acceleration -- Post-apocalypse politics. The housekeeper ; KGB suspicions -- Medical mysteries. Primary evidence ; Declassifying disaster ; The superpower self-help initiative ; Belarusian somnambulists ; The great awakening -- Science across the Iron Curtain. Send for the cavalry ; Marie Curie's fingerprint ; Foreign experts ; In search of catastrophe ; Thyroid cancer : the canary in the medical mine ; The butterfly effect ; Looking for a lost town ; Greenpeace red shadow ; The quiet Ukrainian -- Survival artists. The Pietà ; Bare life -- Conclusion: Berry picking into the future.
Summary, etc.:
"A chilling exposé of the international effort to minimize the health and environmental consequences of nuclear radiation in the wake of Chernobyl. Governments and journalists tell us that though Chernobyl was "the worst nuclear disaster in history," a reassuringly small number of people died (44), and nature recovered. Yet, drawing on a decade of fine-grained archival research and interviews in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, Kate Brown uncovers a much more disturbing story--one in which radioactive isotypes caused hundreds of thousands of casualties. Scores of Soviet scientists, bureaucrats, and civilians documented stunning increases in cases of birth defects, child mortality, cancers, and a multitude of prosaic diseases, which they linked to Chernobyl. Worried that this evidence would blow the lid on the effects of massive radiation release from weapons testing during the Cold War, international scientists and diplomats tried to bury or discredit it. A haunting revelation of how political exigencies shape responses to disaster, Manual for Survival makes clear the irreversible impact on every living thing not just from Chernobyl, but from eight decades of radiation from nuclear energy and weaponry."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Radioactive pollution > Ukraine.
Ionizing radiation > Health aspects.
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobylʹ, Ukraine, 1986 > Environmental aspects.
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobylʹ, Ukraine, 1986 > Political aspects.

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