Manual For Survival – Kate Brown


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The official death toll of the 1986 Chernobyl accident, ‘the worst nuclear disaster in history’, is only 54, and stories today commonly suggest that nature is thriving there. Yet award-winning historian Kate Brown uncovers a much more disturbing story, one in which radioactive isotopes caused hundreds of thousands of casualties, and the magnitude of this human and ecological catastrophe has been actively suppressed. Based on a decade of archival and on-the-ground research, ‘Manual for Survival’ is a gripping exposé of the consequences of nuclear radiation in the wake of Chernobyl – and the plot to cover up the truth. As Brown discovers, Soviet scientists, bureaucrats, and civilians documented staggering increases in cases of birth defects, child mortality, cancers and a multitude of life-altering diseases years after the disaster.