Serhii Plokhy’s Baillie Gifford Award-winning Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy serves as both history and warning. A masterful account of the 1986 catastrophe from one of the leading historians of our time, Chernobyl’s achievement is to document both the human and historical dimensions of this tragedy, detailing the heartbreaking and heroic actions of the local people in the immediate aftermath of the meltdown, and its epic fallout – actual and political – for the Soviet Union, and the role it played in its demise.
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Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University. He has published in English, Russian and Ukrainian as well as having taught in Canada, Ukraine and the USA. His bestselling book Chernobyl: the History of a Tragedy won the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction 2018. His latest book, Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II was published in October 2019.
Steven Gale is a festival programmer and moderator based in London. He has worked at theatres in England and Scotland, and taught at universities in Ireland and the United States. From 2016 to 2018, Steven was a cultural events producer at the British Library. He has chaired over 450 author sessions at literary festivals worldwide.