Virtual Book Talk: Manual for Survival

Event date: 
01/28/2021 - 12:00pm

Virtual Book Talk: Manual for Survival: An Environmental History of the Chernobyl Disaster by Kate Brown

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 12:00pm EST

This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live.  There will be no in-person event.

Register here for the Zoom webinar, or tune in on YouTube Live.

Please join our friends at the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a discussion with Kate Brown, author of Manual for Survival: An Environmental History of the Chernobyl Disaster (W.W. Norton & Co., March 2020). Moderated by Mark Andryczyk (Harriman Institute).

Winner of the Marshall D. Shulman Book Prize
Winner of the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction

"A magisterial blend of historical research, investigative journalism, and poetic reportage…[A]n awe-inspiring journey." —Economist

After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, international aid organizations sought to help the victims but were stymied by post-Soviet political roadblocks. Efforts to gain access to the site of catastrophic radiation damage were denied, and the residents of Chernobyl were given no answers as their lives hung in the balance. Drawing on a decade of archival research and on-the-ground interviews in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, Kate Brown unveils the full breadth of the devastation and the whitewash that followed. Her findings make clear the irreversible impact of man-made radioactivity on every living thing; and hauntingly, they force us to confront the untold legacy of decades of weapons-testing and other catastrophic nuclear incidents.


Kate Brown is an award-winning historian of environmental and nuclear history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her previous book, Plutopia, won seven academic prizes. She splits her time between Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University is one of the world's leading academic institutions devoted to Russian, Eurasian and East European studies. Our mission is to serve our community at the university and beyond by supporting research, instruction, and dialogue, sponsoring vibrant and multidisciplinary events that bring together our extraordinary resources of faculty, students, and alumni. We are committed to training the next generation of regional specialists to play leadership roles in setting the academic and scholarly agenda, making policy and challenging accepted truths about how we study our rapidly changing world.

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Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393652512
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 12th, 2019