Today marks the thirty-fourth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster [nytimes.com].
I highly recommend Adam Higgenbotham’s incredible account of the disaster – Midnight at Chernobyl. Fantastically detailed, compellingly told, and undoubtedly among the most impactful books I’ve read in years.
I also found the acclaimed HBO dramatization to be well worth the time. That’s not the same as saying I enjoyed it – I found it worthy while being occasionally agonizing to watch.
Read the book to understand the disaster, watch the series for a relentless emotional pummeling.