Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl Paperback – 29 Aug 2005
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"The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the water became wormwood, and many men died from the water for it was made bitter". Revelation 8-10" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Mary Mycio was one of the first reporters to visit Kiev in 1989 to do a semi-clandestine interview about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. She later became the Kiev correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and a contributor to a variety of newspapers around the world. She has accumulated reams of material about the disaster's environmental and health effects and has made numerous journeys into the Zone of Alienation. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
As a book, it reads like the sequel to a book that gives detailed account of the accident itself Such as "Ablaze- the Story of Chernobyl" by Piers Paul Reid.
My only minor frustration was the small number of B/W illustrations. Some higher quality maps and colour photos would have really helped illuminate the vivid descriptive passages in the text. The author does have a good website with suitable pictures which you can easily print out and use as a book-mark though.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this volume; it's thoughtful, insightful and inspiring. Many readers will value the myth-dispelling chapters (there is a lot of nonsense out there about Chernobyl); conclusions from her discoveries leave us feeling optimistic about the natural world's future. For all these reasons, it deserves a very high recommendation indeed.
Infinitely better than "Chernobyl: The Hidden Legacy" which is basically a dreary wallowing in pity and modern-age conspirational fingerpointing.
The book should appeal to anyone interested in the disaster itself, and those that are interested in how mother nature will always prosper despite the challenges.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing first hand investigation into the wildlife around chernobyl. There's nothing like hearing someone who's actually been there and seen it all for herself!Published on 18 Nov. 2013 by Richard Missenden