Nuclear accidents and secrecy are a terrifying combination. But even a government apparatus as clandestine as the Soviet Union couldn’t hide a disaster on the scale of Chernobyl. While Ukrainians’ mistaken notion that radiation poisoning could be neutralized with vodka was dispelled quickly in the aftermath of the crisis, denial of responsibility and propaganda persisted for decades. With MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL, journalist Alan Higginbotham has finally gotten to the bottom of what happened. This is an Instaread you won’t want to miss.