On 26 April 1986 at 1.23am a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine exploded.
While the authorities scrambled to understand what was occurring, workers, engineers, firefighters and those living in the area were abandoned to their fate.
The blast put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation, contaminating over half of Europe with radioactive fallout.
In 'Chernobyl', award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy draws on recently opened archives to recreate these events in all their drama, telling the stories of the scientists, workers, soldiers, and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear nightmare.
1DVUA Russia, 1DVUK Ukraine, 3JJPN c 1980 to c 1990, HBJD European history, HBLW3 Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, HBTB Social & cultural history, JFFC Social impact of disasters, RNQ Nuclear issues