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Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl Paperback – 29 Aug 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: National Academies Press; Reprint edition (29 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309103096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309103091
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,295,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"Wormwood Forest" may well change the way you think about man's destructive impact on the world.
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.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A eminently readable layman's introduction to the "Zone of Exclusion". Explains the phenomena of the transport of radioactive materials through the various strata of the biosphere in some detail (a process which is highly complex and unclear; students in biology take note - there is enough to do for a series of PhDs) and does not fall into the trap of equating human tragedy with environmental destruction. Life goes on, evolution and adaption don't stop, even if lifespans are shortened and DNA gets cracked by burst of energy. A fold-out map would have been useful. But then again, one can use Google Maps, which has everything in glorious detail (with tourist's photograph of wild horses, too!)

Infinitely better than "Chernobyl: The Hidden Legacy" which is basically a dreary wallowing in pity and modern-age conspirational fingerpointing.
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I am on my second read of this excellent book. The author brings together the facts and outcome of this disaster in a very readable way. I am sure I will be able to read this again and again and still be entertained by it. The area has been on my bucket list for a number of years, and one day I am sure I will visit.
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.
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