Related Resources

There are numerous publications about Chornobyl disaster and its aftermath. Below are some of CCRDF’s recommendations.

THE SKY UNWASHED by Irene Zabytko, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2000
Zabytko's riveting first novel explores the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear explosion in Chernobyl through the lives of inhabitants of a tiny Ukrainian village. Starlis is a farm town that had become, before the accident, a bedroom community for plant workers. The book follows the forced evacuation of its townspeople to unfamiliar urban centers and charts their attempt to understand what has happened. The bureaucratic shuffling and callous doublespeak that greet their queries about both the environment and the health risks they face are vividly rendered. Throughout, Zabytko – who is Ukrainian American - evokes powerful images of listless, despondent children and wheezing, red-eyed adults, but it is her portrayal of a group of elderly women who defy government ban and return to their homes that provides the story with heart. Readers will undoubtedly be moved by their courage, fortitude, and spirit.


RADIATION INJURY AND THE CHERNOBYL CATASTROPHE by Dainiak, Schull, Karkanitsa & Aleinikova
AlphaMed Press, Miamisburg, 1997


NO BREATHING ROOM by Grigori Medvedev
Harper-Collins Publishers, 1993


CHILDREN OF CHERNOBYL by Michelle Carter & Michael Christensen
Augsburg, Minneapolis, 1993


CHERNOBYL, THE FORBIDDEN TRUTH by Alla Yaroshinskaya
University of Nebraska Press, Omaha, 1995


JOURNEY TO CHERNOBYL: ENCOUNTERS IN A RADIOACTIVE ZONE by Glenn Alan Cheney
Academy Publishers, Chicago, 1995


EARTH IN THE BALANCE by Al Gore
Penguins Books, New York, 1993


CHERNOBYL WAS... TOMORROW by Vitali Skliarov
Les Presses D'Amerique, Montreal, 1993


THE CHORNOBYL DISASTER: The True Story of A Catastrophe - An Unanswerable Indictment of Nuclear Power by Bojcun & Haynes
Current Affairs, Hogarth Press, London, 1988


ECOCIDE IN THE USSR by Murray Feshbach & Alfred Friendly
Harper Collins, New York 1991


Children of Chernobyl by Andre Carothers
Greenpeace Magazine, January/February 1991


Chernobyl, One Year After by Mike Edwards
National Geographic, May 1987


CHERNOBYL: THE END OF THE NUCLEAR DREAM by Hawkes et al
Vintage Books, Random House, New York 1987
(A Collection of Articles from the London Observer)

Rising mortality, low birth rate spur demographic crisis by Lily Hyde
Kiev Post, March 6-12, 1997


Thyroid Cancer after Chernobyl by Demidchik Kazakov, et al
NATURE, Volume 359, 3 September, 1992


Chernobyl impact worse than reported Los Angeles Time Wire Service
June 19, 1992, reprinted in Hartford Courant, June 19, 1992


The Decade of Despair by David Marples
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, May/June 1996


THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF THE CHERNOBYL DISASTER by David Marples
St. Martin's Press, New York, 1988

I HEAL, THE CHILDREN OF CHERNOBYL IN CUBA by Trish Marx & Dorita Beh-Edger
Lerner Publications Company, Minneapolis, 1996

THE TRUTH ABOUT CHERNOBYL by Grigori Medvedev
Harper-Collins, 1990 (originally "The Chernobyl Chronicle" in Russian) (Rated by New York Times as one of the five best non-fiction books of 1991)


Radiation in Russia, World Report by Victoria Pope & Julie Corwin
US News & World Report, August 9, 1993


THE ECOLOGY OF THE CHERNOBYL CATASTROPHE by V.K. Savchenko
Man and the Biosphere Series, Volume 16, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Association), Paris, 1995


Widespread cancer risk seen in fallout by Steve Sternberg
USA Today, December 22, 1997


CHERNOBYL: A DOCUMENTARY STORY by Yuri Shcherbak
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Edmonton, 1989


Ten Years of the Chornobyl Era by Ambassador Yuri Shcherbak
The Scientific American, April 1996


THE LEGACY OF CHORNOBYL 1986 TO 1996 AND BEYOND
Transcript of Testimony
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 104th Congress, Hearing, US Government Printing Office, April 23, 1996