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Serhii Plokhy

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Chernobyl teaches us about history, science, and leadership by extracting lessons from the worst nuclear disaster in human history and its aftermath, Chernobyl.




by Serhii Plokhy


On April 26, 1986, reactor number four of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. The explosion was powerful enough to knock the 200-ton lid of the reactor through the roof. What's worse is that it spewed radiation out into the atmosphere and surrounding area, affecting - and taking - countless lives.

But what caused this historically significant nuclear disaster? And what can we learn from the sequence of events before and after it happened?

This is what we'll find out in Serhii Plokhy's Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe. From one of the worst catastrophes in human history, he extracts precious wisdom on a wide range of topics, from leadership to the importance of managing extreme situations quickly rather than denying their severity.

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Altogether, 50 million curies of radiation were released by the Chernobyl explosion, the equivalent of 500 Hiroshima bombs.

- Serhii Plokhy

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