When Chernobyl’s reactor 4 blew up in April 1986 the roof blew away, a million pounds of concrete. Fire filled the sky. The reactor’s graphite core, radioactive and deadly, burned like charcoal for ten days. Visiting Chernobyl, framed by the author's visit, revisits the accident itself, relives the evacuation of the area, and discusses both the physical environs and the political circumstances of the Soviet Union at the time.
Written in the comfortable, easy-going style of Bill Murray’s adventure travel book Common Sense and Whiskey, Visiting Chernobyl is a quick, handy and accessible introduction to the worst nuclear accident in history, useful for those planning a visit and armchair travelers alike.