Piers Paul Read, third son of poet and art critic Sir Herbert Read, was born in 1941, raised in North Yorkshire, and educated by Benedictine monks at Ampleforth College.
Piers Paul Read, third son of poet and art critic Sir Herbert Read, was born in 1941, raised in North Yorkshire, and educated by Benedictine monks at Ampleforth College. His fiction has won the Hawthornden Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Two of his novels, A Married Man and The Free Frenchman, have been adapted for television and a third, Monk Dawson, as a feature film.
Read's taut, riveting probe of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion and its aftermath reveals the full magnitude of. .
Read's taut, riveting probe of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion and its aftermath reveals the full magnitude of the disaster as perhaps no other book has done. The English journalist ( Alive ) spent months in Russia, Byelorussia and Ukraine in 1991 interviewing scores of survivors, officials and scientists. An excellent book written about not only the aftermath of the Chernobyl reactor explosion, but the author goes into much detail about what led up to the decision to design and build this flawed reactor complex to begin with.
Xxxi, 362 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : 25 cm. Early on the morning of April 26, 1986, the nuclear reactor at the fourth unit of the . Lenin power station at Chernobyl exploded. In the terror and panic that followed, an engineer grabbed a dosimetrist to ask for a radiation level and was told it was off the dial. With a dread feeling in his heart, Sasha Yuvchenko at last realized that they were all almost certainly doomed to die.
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In the years that followed the accident, the trauma of Chernobyl became a major factor in the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union
In the years that followed the accident, the trauma of Chernobyl became a major factor in the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union. The government covered up the deficiencies in the reactor's design, deceiving Western experts in Vienna and making scapegoats of the personnel, but, because of the accident, the Russian people had lost faith in the system.
Piers Paul Read FRSL (born 7 March 1941) is an award-winning British novelist, historian and biographer. He was first noted in 1974 for a book of reportage Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, later adapted as a feature-film and a documentary. Read was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge where he studied history. Among his most popular works are The Professor's Daughter, A Married Man, and A Season in the West.
The Founders of Soviet Atomic Power
The Founders of Soviet Atomic Power. Staff of the V. I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station at Chernobyl. Several books have already been written on Chernobyl by authors inside and outside the Soviet Union, but none so far as I know by a Western writer since the fall of the Communists from power in 1991 and the subsequent opening of archives and loosening of tongues.
Piers Paul Read's novel, Ablaze, presents the horror "story of the heroes and victims of Chernobyl .In the introduction of the book, Piers Paul Read, presents the information regarding the disaster in Pripyat. in a daunting, yet scientifically credible way. Read writes in a straight forward manner that promotes a trust between the reader and author. During his introduction, Read clearly outlines his thesis and how he is going to present information.