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The Social Impact Of The Chernobyl Disaster
The Social Impact Of The Chernobyl Disaster
By David R. Marples
St. Martin's, 1988, 316 pp

Professor Marples has combed through all the available material from Soviet and outside sources to piece together the consequences of the disaster and to see how the Soviet authorities have handled such matters as the environmental effects, the number and fate of the victims, the economic consequences, and programs of reconstruction and restoration. It is not an easy task since the evidence is sometimes contradictory. The book directs attention to the broader policy debate on the future of nuclear power in the Soviet Union, which has influenced both what the Soviets have done about Chernobyl and what they have said about it to their own public and to the world. It is an ongoing story.