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Visit Sunny Chernobyl: ... and other adventures in the world's most polluted places Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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"He has seen the worst we can do to ourselves, met the best of us trying to repair the damage, and discovered - mystifyingly, at times - beauty in the planetary dark side." (Iain Finlayson The Times)
"A wise, witty travel adventure that packs a punch - and one of the most entertaining and informative books I've read in years. Visit Sunny Chernobyl is a joy to read and will make you think" (Dan Rather)
"Andrew Blackwell is a wonderful tour guide to the least wonderful places on earth. His book is a riveting toxic adventure. But more than just entertaining, the book will teach you a lot about the environment and the future of our increasingly polluted world" (A.J. Jacobs, author of Drop Dead Healthy)
"Andrew Blackwell takes eco-tourism into a whole new space. Visit Sunny Chernobyl is a darkly comic romp" (Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe)
"We've got lessons to learn from disaster sites. Thankfully, Visit Sunny Chernobyl means we don't have to learn them first-hand. Cancel your holiday to Chernobyl: Pick up this brilliant book!" (The Yes Men)
Nuclear exclusion zones, cities thick with smog, mid-Pacific islands of rubbish - it's the planet as you've never seen it beforeSee all Product description
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It is a diverting 'take' on the normal travel book but is VERY American - some of the references did not mean anything to me because I do not live in USA. The style of writing could be viewed as "American" in terms of phraseology and grammar etc.
Overall quite good.
Good start, average middle. bored to tears by the end.
Could have been so much better but instead we had to endure droves of pages of dribble.
Very funny also. The author seems British in his sense of humour and humorous worldview. Would definitely read anything else by him.
Would recommend this book to everyone.
There are statistics here that are so shocking they're almost unbelievable; a small town in Alberta, where the Canadian oil sands are, produces CO2 emissions at twice the rate of the entire city of Los Angeles.
The index to this book is exceptionally useful, if only because it makes it so easy to find the paragraphs that will cause you to seethe with anger and maybe join Greenpeace; but there are stories of paradox, encouragement, and courage beyond all reason or expectation - for example, the firemen who went into the reactor core in Chernobyl. They died horrible deaths over the next few weeks, and their self-sacrifice is literally unmeasurable.
And yet, this is oddly hopeful; the fact that there are people studying these trouble spots and various groups attempting to stop the human race fouling the planet up any further, means that it is possible to finish this absorbing read without wanting to open a vein.
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